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What is Lorcet?
Lorcet is a combined medication form containing hydrocodone and paracetamol to mitigate moderate to severe aches. It has an opioid medicine and may be habit-forming.
Hydrocodone is an opioid pain relaxer, and acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone functions in the brain to change how your body senses and reacts to pain. Acetaminophen can also help in fever reduction.
You should avoid taking Lorcet if you are allergic to hydrocodone or acetamido.
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.
Opioid medication like 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?
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.
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?
Take Lorcet precisely as per the doctor’s prescription. Read carefully and follow all the directions on the prescription label and medication guides. Never take medicines like Lorcet in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. An overdose can cause liver damage or death. If you are feeling an increased urge to use this medicine, inform your doctor.
Never share this medicine with someone else, especially someone with a past of drug abuse or addiction. Misuse of Lorcet can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Keep the medicine out of reach of others. It is against the lawful act to sell or give away this medication without a proper pharmacy license.
Dispose of leftover opioid medication. Just one accidental or an improper dose of this medicine can prove fatal for someone taking it.
Carefully measure the liquid medicine. Use the available dosing syringe or a medicine dose-measuring device for convenience in having the exact amount of medication.
If you require medical tests or surgery, tell the doctor before that you are using this medicine.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Instead, follow your doctor’s directions regarding tapering your dose.
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.
Your doctor may recommend you keep naloxone (a drug to reverse opioid overdose) with you all the time. Anyone can get naloxone from a local health department or pharmacy. Ensure your caretaker knows where you keep it and how to use naloxone.
What to avoid while using Lorcet?
Avoid driving any vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you know this medicine’s effect on you. Drowsiness or dizziness can cause accidental falls or severe injuries.
Do not consume alcohol. It can result in dangerous side effects, or death could occur.
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.
Lorcet side effects
Take urgent medical help if you have an allergic reaction due to the use of Lorcet. Sings of an allergic reaction include trouble breathing, hives, swelling of your face, throat, lips, or tongue.
In rare cases, the use of acetaminophen may result in severe skin reactions that can be fatal. It can happen even if you had acetaminophen (paracetamol) in the past and had no response. Call your doctor instantly and stop taking Lorcet if you have skin redness or rash/hives that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Call your doctor instantly if you have:
- A light-headed feeling that makes you feel that you might pass out;
- Shallow breathing, sighing, noisy breathing, breathing that stops;
- Low cortisol levels- vomiting, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, worsening weakness or tiredness;
- Liver problems- upper stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, clay-colored stools, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin); or
- High serotonin levels in the body- agitation, fever, hallucinations, shivering, sweating, muscle stiffness, rapid heart rate, loss of coordination, twitching, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea.
Common side effects to Lorcet include:
- Vomiting, nausea, stomach pain;
- Drowsiness, dizziness, feeling tired;
- Headache; or
It is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Take your doctor’s medical advice regarding side effects. Report side effects to 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.
Opioids can interact with various other drugs and cause fatal side effects. Ensure that your doctor knows if you also use:
- Medicines for overactive bladder, irritable bowel syndrome, or motion sickness;
- A sedative like Valium- Versed, Klonopin, Xanax, lorazepam, alprazolam, diazepam, and others;
- Other opioids- prescription cough medicine or opioid pain drug;
- Drugs that affect serotonin levels- a stimulant or medicine for nausea and vomiting, serious infections, migraine headaches, depression, or Parkinson’s disease;
- Drugs that cause sleepiness or slow down your breathing- medicine to treat mood changes or mental illness, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer.
It is not a complete list, and others may also interact with Lorcet, including prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, herbal products, and vitamins.