homatropine and hydrocodone

Generic Name: homatropine and hydrocodone (HOM a TROE peen and HYE dro KOE done)
Brand Names: Hycodan, Hydromet, Tussigon

What is the most important information I should know about homatropine and hydrocodone?

Before using homatropine and hydrocodone, tell your doctor if you have a asthma or other breathing problems, asthma or other breathing problems, liver or kidney disease, stomach problems, a underactive thyroid, Addison's disease, enlarged prostate or urination problems, glaucoma, or a history of drug addiction or alcoholism.

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.

Hydrocodone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Homatropine and hydrocodone should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of homatropine and hydrocodone.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by homatropine and hydrocodone.

Homatropine and hydrocodone can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.


What is homatropine and hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a narcotic cough medicine.

Homatropine is a drug that works against the narcotic to prevent an overdose of this medication.

The homatropine and hydrocodone combination is used to treat cough.

Homatropine and hydrocodone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.


What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking homatropine and hydrocodone?

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

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take homatropine and hydrocodone:

  • 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.

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. Before you take homatropine and hydrocodone, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

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?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions 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.

This medication may be habit-forming. You may have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using homatropine and hydrocodone after using it over a long period of time. Do not stop using this medication suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to gradually reduce the dose.

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

Keep track of how much of this medicine has been used from each new bottle. Hydrocodone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription.


What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.


What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include severe drowsiness, limp muscles, cold or clammy skin, blue lips, slow heart rate, fainting, shallow breathing, or breathing that stops.


What should I avoid while taking homatropine and hydrocodone?

This medication can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of homatropine and hydrocodone.


What are the possible side effects of homatropine and hydrocodone?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using homatropine and hydrocodone and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • painful urination;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • extreme drowsiness or weakness;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • weak or shallow breathing, or breathing that stops;
  • feeling anxious or fearful; or
  • unusual thoughts or behavior.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild drowsiness, dizziness;
  • trouble concentrating;
  • nausea, vomiting, constipation; or
  • skin itching or rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


What other drugs will affect homatropine and hydrocodone?

Before using homatropine and hydrocodone, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by homatropine and hydrocodone.

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can affect homatropine and hydrocodone Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.


Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about homatropine and hydrocodone.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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