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Hydrocodone belongs to the narcotic analgesics category of drugs and relieves pain by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. It doesn’t matter if Hydrocodone is taken with or without food, but certainly, taking it with alcohol should be avoided as far as possible, as it increases drowsiness and dizziness caused by the medication. Available in tablet, capsules and syrup form, Hydrocodone is a habit-forming drug. Therefore, sudden cessation of the drug may lead to adverse withdrawal symptoms. The best recourse is to consult your doctor
on how to gradually decrease the intake of the drug.

The safest mode of taking Hydrocodone is with food or milk. This way the chances of stomach upset due to drug effects are minimized. Some of the possible side effects of Hydrocodone include dizziness, allergic reaction like difficulty breathing, swelling of lips, tongue, yellowing of skin or eyes, fatigue, constipation, sweating, itching, nausea, dry mouth, decreased sex drive and urination etc. Hydrocodone also has some serious contraindications with other drugs like MonoAmine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI) such as Phenelzine (Nardil), or Tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. Therefore, it is always advisable to let your doctor have all the information about the medicines you are or have been using in recent time.

Your doctor also needs to know if you have a history of ailments such as kidney disease, liver disease, asthma, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, enlarged prostate, seizures or epilepsy, Addison’s Disease, gallbladder disease, or hypothyroidism. In all these cases, your doctor may either give you an alternative medicine or alter the dosage. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take the medicine without proper physical examination by the doctor. In case you miss the dose, do not take
double dosage to compensate as it may have some serious repercussions.


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