Lorcet

Generic Name: Hydrocodone

  • What is Lorcet?

    Lorcet is a combination of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and the opioid pain medication hydrocodone bitartrate. Lorcet is used for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. Lorcet is classified as a schedule III controlled substance.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lorcet?

    Lorcet has the potential for dependence and abuse. Take the drug only for as long as it is prescribed, in the amounts prescribed, and no more frequently than prescribed.

    Use caution when performing potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery. Lorcet may impair your mental and/or physical abilities. This effect may be enhanced if you are taking other medications with similar effects.

    Lorcet can cause life-threatening breathing problems that can lead to death. This is more likely to occur in someone who is sensitive to opioids or is taking high doses. Head injury can exaggerate breathing problems. Take Lorcet exactly as prescribed by your doctor; do not alter your dose.

    Lorcet may cause difficulties in the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal conditions.

  • Who should not take Lorcet?

    Do not take Lorcet if you are allergic or sensitive to any of its ingredients.

    Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lorcet?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lorcet. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of liver or kidney problems, head injury, abdominal conditions, hypothyroidism, adrenal gland problems (Addison's disease), enlarged prostate, urethral stricture (narrowing of the urethra), lung disease or a history of alcoholism or drug abuse.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is one tablet by mouth every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Do not exceed six tablets per day.

  • How should I take Lorcet?

    Take Lorcet exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not adjust the dose, frequency, or use Lorcet for longer than recommended by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lorcet?

    Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any other medications that can impair your physical and mental awareness. Use caution when performing potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery.

    Avoid taking any other medications that contain acetaminophen without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lorcet?

    If Lorcet is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lorcet with the following: alcohol, antihistamines, antipsychotics, antianxiety agents, CNS depressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, narcotics, or tricyclic antidepressants.

  • What are the possible side effects of Lorcet?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, constipation

  • Can I receive Lorcet if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lorcet during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Acetaminophen is excreted in breast milk in small amounts, and it is not known whether hydrocodone bitartrate is excreted in breast milk. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lorcet?

    If you miss a dose of Lorcet, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Lorcet?

    Store at room temperature.

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