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Hydrocodone Use and Side Effects for Chronic Pain

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What is hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication also known as a narcotic that is used for severe pain relief. There are extended release forms known as Zohydro ER and Hysingla ER that provide 24-hour severe pain-relief.

What are the side effects of hydrocodone?

The common side effects from using hydrocodone include: dry mouth, constipation, stomach ache, headache, dizziness, muscle pain, cold symptoms, mild drowsiness, back pain, itching, nausea, vomiting, and swelling in your hands and/or feet.


The severe side effects from using hydrocodone include: painful or burning urination, weak or shallow breathing, confusion, severe drowsiness, tremors, infertility, impotence, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and lightheadedness. If you experience any of these side effects contact your healthcare provider immediately.


Severe side effects of hydrocodone can lead to addiction, overdose, or even death. Avoid mixing alcohol and hydrocodone to prevent any severe side effects from the drug. A pregnant woman should avoid hydrocodone because the baby can experience withdrawal symptoms.


Never use hydrocodone for long term or in high doses. Avoid from crushing, breaking, or opening an extended-release pill.  

Hydrocodone interactions

Understand the side effects of fentanyl with other drugs you might be already prescribed such as depression medication, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections can cause serious conditions such as serotonin syndrome. The other narcotic medication, prescription cough medication, and drugs that reduce your breathing or make you sleepy can also interfere with fentanyl causing serious side effects.


The common drugs that interact with hydrocodone:


Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol), Ambien (zolpidem), Aspirin Low Strength (aspirin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), Cymbalta (duloxetine), Fish Oil (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids), Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine), Lasix (furosemide), Lexapro (escitalopram), Lipitor (atorvastatin), Lyrica (pregabalin), Nexium (esomeprazole), Plavix (clopidogrel), Singulair (montelukast), Synthroid (levothyroxine), Tylenol (acetaminophen), Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), and Xanax (alprazolam).

Patient tips

When using hydrocodone monitor any changes in your breathing, especially during the first few days of treatment and any increase of dose. There are no food restrictions to disrupt the effect or absorption of the drug. There are formulas that can help from becoming a habit-forming drug. Hysingla ER can cause chocking or become stuck in the throat, therefore avoid wetting or sucking on the tablet. Never mix alcohol, crush, chew, presoak, or dissolve the medication. Swallow tablet as a whole with a glass of water. Don’t abruptly stop the use of hydrocodone after an extended period, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Keep away from children, it may be fatal.