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homatropine and hydrocodone (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking homatropine and hydrocodone (Hycodan, Hydromet, Tussigon)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to homatropine or hydrocodone.

To make sure you can safely take this medication, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • asthma or other breathing problems;
  • a history of head injury or brain tumor;
  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • stomach problems;
  • underactive thyroid;
  • Addison's disease;
  • enlarged prostate or urination problems;
  • glaucoma; or
  • a history of drug addiction or alcoholism.

Hydrocodone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share this medication with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby, but it could cause breathing problems or addiction/withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using homatropine and hydrocodone.

It is not known whether homatropine and hydrocodone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 6 years old. Homatropine and hydrocodone may cause serious breathing problems in a young child.

Older adults and people who are debilitated may be more likely to have side effects from this medication.

How should I take homatropine and hydrocodone (Hycodan, Hydromet, Tussigon)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Do not take more of this medication than prescribed. Adults should not take more than 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours or 1 teaspoon of the liquid medicine every 4 to 6 hours. Children should not take more than one half-tablet every 4 to 6 hours or one half-teaspoon of the liquid medicine every 4 to 6 hours.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of water to prevent constipation that may be caused by homatropine and hydrocodone.

Measure the liquid form of this medication with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

Do not stop using this medication suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using homatropine and hydrocodone.

Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light.

Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Hydrocodone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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