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What is Lorcet?
Lorcet is an opioid pain medication that consists of acetaminophen (paracetamol) and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medicine (opioids are called a narcotic). Acetaminophen or paracetamol is a comparatively less potent pain reliever drug that increases the hydrocodone effects.
In Lorcet, hydrocodone is an opioid pain-relieving medicine, and acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone functions in the brain to change how your body senses and response to pain. Acetaminophen can also help in fever reduction.
Lorcet can slow down or stop your breathing, and death may occur. Your attendant should give naloxone to you and get urgent medical help if you have blue-colored lips, slow breathing with long pauses, or if you are hard to wake up.
What to know before taking Lorcet?
Before taking Lorcet, tell your medical healthcare professional if you have ever had:
- Liver disease;
- Sleep apnea, breathing problems;
- Kidney disease;
- A drug or alcohol addiction;
- Urination problems;
- A head injury or seizures; or
- Problems with your pancreas, thyroid, or gallbladder
If you use an opioid medication like Lorcet during pregnancy, you could give birth to a drug-dependent baby. It can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn baby. In addition, opioid-dependent babies may need medical treatment for several weeks.
Older adults, malnourished, or debilitated people who also have a wasting syndrome or chronic breathing disorders are more likely to face severe breathing problems due to this medicine.
Ask a doctor before taking Lorcet (or any other opioid medication) if you are breastfeeding. Also, inform the doctor if you notice slow breathing or severe drowsiness in the nursing baby.
How to take Lorcet?
Read the available medication guide and Patient Information Leaflet before you start taking Lorcet and each time you get a refill. If you have any queries regarding dosage, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication orally as per the doctor’s directions. You may take Lorcet with or without food. If you have nausea, you should take this drug with food. Ask any of your medical health care providers about other ways to reduce nausea (such as lying down for an hour or two with minimum head movement).
If you are the liquid form of Lorcet, use a proper medicine dose-measuring device rather than taking a regular household spoon because you may get an incorrect dose by using a household spoon.
Your doctor will assign your dosage according to your medical condition and response to the treatment. For example, in children, the pediatrician will set the dosage according to the body weight. Do not increase or reduce your dose, or take it for a longer time than recommended.
Pain medications work best if you use them as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait for the pain to become worse, then pain drugs like Lorcet may not work as well.
If you have ongoing pain (maybe in the case of cancer), your doctor may also recommend taking long-acting opioid medications. In that case, Lorcet might be a sudden breakthrough pain medication only as needed. Your doctor may also recommend you to take other pain relievers such as naproxen, ibuprofen. Ask your health care professional about how to stop using this drug with other medicines safely.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medication after taking it for a long time or in high doses, or you may face withdrawal symptoms. To prevent this condition, your doctor may lessen your amount gradually. tell any of your medical healthcare providers immediately if you have any signs of withdrawal, such as:
- Moodswing or mental changes including troubles sleeping, anxiety, suicidal thoughts,
- Runny nose,
- Watering eyes,
- Muscle aches,
- Diarrhea, or
- Sudden behavior changes
If you use Lorcet for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist; if Lorcet stops working efficiently, Lorcet may help people, sometimes leading to addiction. The risk is higher if you have a substance use disorder such as overuse of drugs or addiction to alcohol. take this drug precisely as per the prescription to lower the risk of addiction
Your Lorcet dosage will depend upon your age, medical condition for which the treatment is going on, your initial response to the therapy with Codeine, other medical conditions you have, and other drugs you take.
Usual adult dosage for pain (Oral tablets):
- Acetaminophen 325 mg- hydrocodone 5 mg per tablet
- Initial dose- 1 to 2 pills every four to six hours as needed for pain
- Maximum quantity- 8 tablets per 24 hours
In case of an overdose of Lorcet, take medical help immediately or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Lorcet can be deadly, especially in a child or someone taking it without a prescription. Overdose symptoms to Lorcet may include vomiting, nausea, severe drowsiness, sweating, slow breathing, pinpoint pupils, or no breathing.
What to avoid while using Lorcet?
Avoid driving any vehicle or operating any heavy machinery until you know this medicine’s effect on you. Drowsiness or dizziness can cause accidental falls or severe injuries.
Avoid consumption of alcohol. It can result in dangerous side effects, or death could occur.
Lorcet side effects
This medicine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, constipation, vomiting, or nausea. Some of these effects may reduce after taking Lorcet for a while. However, if any of these aftereffects persist or worsen, tell any of your healthcare providers instantly.
To prevent constipation, drink sufficient water, eat dietary fiber, and exercise. In addition, your health care professional may suggest you take a laxative if it is right for you.
Tell medical health care provider promptly if you have any severe side effects, including:
- Interrupted breathing during sleep;
- Moodswing or mental changes such as confusion, agitation, hallucinations;
- Stomach or abdominal pain;
- Seizure (or convulsions);
- Severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up;
- Slow or shallow breathing;
- Difficulty in urination; or
- Signs of inefficient functioning of adrenal glands such as weight loss, unusual tiredness, loss of appetite
A severe allergic reaction to Lorcet is scarce. However, ask for medical help if any signs of a severe allergic reaction occur, including trouble breathing, rash, itching, swelling of your face, throat, lips, or tongue.
It is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. For further information regarding side effects, consult your medical healthcare provider. You may report the aftermath of taking Lorcet to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What drugs can interact with Lorcet?
You may have withdrawal symptoms or breathing problems if you take certain other medicines. Tell your medical healthcare provider if you also use antifungal medication, antibiotics, seizure medication, blood pressure or heart treatment, or medicine to treat hepatitis C or HIV.
Ask any of your medical healthcare providers before taking any other drug that may contain acetaminophen (sometimes known as APAP). Taking specific medications together can cause a fatal overdose. Check the label before buying any medicine for cold, allergy, pain, or sleep.