Lorcet is a combination medication form containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen (paracetamol) to relieve moderate to severe pain. 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 acetaminophen or have any stomach or intestinal blockage, asthma (severe), or breathing problems.
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.
Tell your medical healthcare professional if you have ever had:
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.
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.
Store Lorcet away from heat and moisture at room temperature. Keep track of your drug. Be aware of someone misusing your medicine or taking it without a prescription.
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.
Usual adult dosage for pain (Oral tablets):
Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Instead, follow your doctor’s directions regarding tapering your dose.
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.
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.
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.
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 spread and cause blistering and peeling.
Call your doctor instantly if you have:
Common side effects to Lorcet include:
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.
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:
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.