Hydrocodone Drug| uses & Side Effects|

Hydrocodone is used to relieve severe pain. Hydrocodone is only used to treat people who are expected to need medication to relieve severe pain around-the-clock for a long time and who cannot be treated with other medications or treatments.

Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic and Anti-tussive with unknown mechanism of action, but it is thought to be related to the presence of opiate receptors in the CNS.

Hydrocodone Side Effects:

Hydrocodone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

CNS: drowsiness, sedation, dizziness, light-headedness, physical dependence, confusion
CV: bradycardia, flushing, hypotension
GI: constipation, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting
GU: urine retention
Respiratory: respiratory depression

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING or SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS sections, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:


Nursing Considerations:

Reassess patient’s level of pain at least 15 and 30 minutes after use.
For full analgesic effect, give drug before patient has intense pain.
Monitor respiratory and circulatory status.
Opioids may cause constipation. Assess bowel function and need for stool softeners and stimulant laxatives.
Codeine may delay gastric emptying, increase biliary tract pressure from contraction of the
sphincter of Oddi, and interfere with hepatobiliary imaging studies.

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