Taking this medicine as per your doctor’s prescription can be helpful. Do not use hydrocodone in excess amounts than recommended and do not use it for a longer time. Elderly patients should take care of the right dose as prescribed as they are quite sensitive to pain medications.
Normal Adult dose – Chronic pain
For patients who are not tolerant to Opioid medications
(Zohydro(R)– extended-release – capsules
Initial dose : 10 mg to be taken orally after every twenty four hours.
(Hysingla(R)-extended-release – capsules
Initial dose: 20mg to be taken orally after every twenty four hours
Note: using higher doses of hydrocodone in patients who are not tolerant to opioid medications can lead to life threatening respiratory depression. The patient should be monitored closely in initial period of 24-72 hours.
Renal- Dose adjustments
Initial dose should be low, patients should be monitored closely for sedation and respiratory depression.
Low initial dose- one half the normal dose; patient should be monitored closely for sedation and respiratory depression.
Liver – Dose adjustments
Mild-moderate hepatic impairment – in this case no dose adjustment is required
Severe- hepatic impairment- 10 mg to be taken orally after every 12 hours, patient needs to be monitored closely for sedation and respiratory depression.
Low initial dose, patient needs to be monitored for sedation and respiratory depression.
Swallow the extended release capsules as whole, do not chew, crush or dissolve
Take the capsules orally after every 24 hours
Take tablet one at a time with sufficient water to ensure the tablet is swallowed completely, do not lick, pre-soak or wet tablets before you place in your mouth.
If you miss a dose of hydrocodone , skip the missed dose if it is the time for your next dose. Do not take extra dose to make up for the missed dose.
Hydrocodone overdose treatment
A hydrocodone overdose needs emergency medical help. Doctors can use another drug called naloxone if breathing is quite slow and not deep. This method is used by doctor if they feel the overdose can lead to death. However, if your breathing is normal, doctors can use laxatives or activated charcoal to flush out residues of medications out of your stomach.
Drug treatment therapy or programs are recommended to help the patient overcome drug addiction or abuse.
Treatment for drug abuse or overdose solely depends on the type of medication used and how severe the abuse is. Some of the following treatments included to treat drug overdose or abuse are
- Withdrawal through medication
- Detoxification if required
- Support groups
Recovery treatments help you overcome addiction and the chances of survival from an overdose are high when you get right medical treatment before the breathing problems start. When breathing slows down the levels of oxygen in the body decreases thereby leading to brain damage, if there is delay in getting medical help.
Do not mix alcohol with medications as it can increase fatal complications.