hydrocodone/homatropine - oral, Hycodan, Tussigon (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to hydrocodone; or to homatropine; or to other narcotic medications (e.g., codeine); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: adrenal gland problems (e.g., Addison's disease), abdominal problems (e.g., chronic constipation, gallbladder disease, ileus, pancreatitis), breathing problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, hypoxia, emphysema, intoxication with medications that can cause drowsiness or slow/shallow breathing), brain disorders (e.g., head injury, tumor, increased intracranial pressure), severe infectious diarrhea (e.g., Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea), certain eye problem (narrow-angle glaucoma), kidney disease, liver disease, personal/family history of regular drug/alcohol abuse, mental/mood disorders (e.g., psychosis), spinal problem (kyphoscoliosis), recent surgery, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), difficulty urinating (e.g., enlarged prostate, urethral stricture).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be more sensitive to its effects, especially slow/shallow breathing, drowsiness, and difficulty urinating.Caution is advised when using this product in children, especially if they have breathing problems.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Using this drug for long periods or in high doses near the expected delivery date is not recommended because it may harm the unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Infants born to mothers who have been using this medication for a long time may have withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn.This drug may pass into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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