Lorcet

Uses

Lorcet is a brand name pain reliever containing hydrocodone and the active ingredient in acetaminophen, N-acetyl-p-aminophenol, commonly called APAP. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever but acetaminophen's action improves the way hydrocodone relievers your pain. Acetaminophen is well-known by one brand name, Tylenol. Lorcet is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Learn More About Lorcet Uses

Administration/Dosage

Lorcet is available in tablets and as a solution, or liquid. Use an approved dose measuring spoon, available at most pharmacies and drug stores. Do not use a household tablespoon to dispense Lorcet solution.

The typical dose for a person over the age of 14 is one to two Lorcet tablets or one tablespoon of solution every four to six hours as needed for pain. Doses are smaller for younger children, based on the child's age and weight. Lorcet is approved for children under the age of two; consult with your child's physician for dosing information.

Since Lorcet is to be taken as needed for pain, you are probably not on a fixed schedule and therefore are in no danger of missing a dose. If you do take Lorcet on a scheduled basis to control chronic pain and you miss a dose, simply take the dose as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time to take another dose, skip the missed dose and resume the established schedule.

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Action

Lorcet, like other opioids, binds to receptors in a way that changes the way your brain and nervous system perceive pain. The hydrocodone in Lorcet also provides a euphoric feeling to help you relax through periods of severe pain. More About How Lorcet Works

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Lorcet, hydrocodone, acetaminophen or any other medication.

You may not be able to take Lorcet if you have a history of liver disease. The acetaminophen in this drug may worsen symptoms associated with liver disease. Do not take this medication if you have ever suffered cirrhosis, sometimes called alcoholic liver disease. Tell your doctor if you have ever had other types of liver or kidney disease, or other medical conditions, such as:

  • Breathing Disorders, like Asthma, COPD or Sleep Apnea.
  • History of Head Injury or Brain Tumor.
  • Low Blood Pressure.
  • Stomach or Intestinal Disorders.
  • Underactive Thyroid.
  • Adrenal Gland Disorder, like Addison's Disease.
  • Curvature of the Spine.
  • Mental Illness.
  • History of Drug or Alcohol Addiction.

Lorcet may make you drowsy and can affect your decision-making process. Do not operate heavy machinery until you know how Lorcet affects you.

Do not consume alcohol while taking Lorcet. Drinking alcohol may worsen side effects. Tell your doctor if you normally drink three or more alcoholic beverages each day.

Lorcet can cause constipation. Drink six to eight full glasses of water each day to reduce the risk for constipation. Talk with your doctor or nutritionist about increasing your dietary fiber, known to be beneficial to your digestive tract. Do not take laxatives while on Lorcet without first consulting your physician.

Inform your health care provider about Lorcet use before having surgery or extensive dental work. You may need to stop taking Lorcet for a short time before the procedure. Talk with your doctor about an alternate method of pain control.

Hydrocodone can be habit-forming, especially if you take high doses or are on it for long periods of time. Acetaminophen is not habit-forming but large doses and chronic use can cause liver damage. Tell your doctor if the prescribed dose stops relieving your pain effectively – you may have developed a tolerance to Lorcet. Do not take extra doses to control your pain.

Talk with your pharmacist before taking over the counter medications, especially cold, allergy, sleep or pain medicines. Find out if any of the over the counter products contain acetaminophen, sometimes called APAP. Taking these medications in combination with Lorcet may results in acetaminophen overdose.

Lorcet may affect the outcome of certain medical tests. Be sure to notify your healthcare provider and laboratory technician about your Lorcet use before having the test performed.

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Warnings

It is not known if Lorcet will harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Your baby may be born with a physical dependence and experience withdrawal symptoms after delivery. Hydrocodone and acetaminophen may pass into breast milk. Talk with your doctor about breastfeeding while taking Lorcet.

Stopping Lorcet use suddenly may cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Whenever possible, wean yourself from Lorcet by taking smaller doses further apart. If you cannot comfortably stop using Lorcet, consult with your doctor or qualified in-patient or out-patient rehabilitation center.

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Drug Interactions

Lorcet contains acetaminophen, sometimes called APAP. One Lorcet can contain up to 750 mg of acetaminophen. Acetaminophen overdose can cause serious side effects, including liver injury or even death. You should not take more than 4 grams (4000 mg) in one day. The FDA reports that there have been many accidental acetaminophen overdoses caused by consumers inadvertently taking more than the recommended dose. Check the packaging of all prescription and over the counter medications for the presence of acetaminophen.

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Side effects

You may experience side effects while taking Lorcet. Side effects range from moderate to more serious. Seek medical assistance immediately if you experience serious side effects such as:

  • Allergic Reaction.
  • Clammy skin.
  • Seizures.
  • Extreme Weakness.
  • Unconsciousness.
  • Jaundice.
  • Bleeding.
  • Bruising.
  • Decreased Appetite.
  • Hot Flashes.
  • Rash.
  • Itching.
  • Swelling.
  • Hearing Loss.
  • Muscle Twitches.

There are less serious, more commonly reported side effects associated with Lorcet. Speak with your doctor if you experience less serious side effects that become acute or do not go away on their own. These side effects include constipation, upset stomach, nausea, dizziness and dry mouth.

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Overdose

If you suspect that you or someone you know has taken an overdose of Lorcet, seek emergency assistance immediately. Contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 or go to the emergency room. While at the hospital, you can expect emergency, life-saving treatments including activated charcoal, artificial respiration, fluids, laxatives, medicine to lower acetaminophen levels in the blood, medicine to reverse the effect of the hydrocodone, a tube through the mouth into the stomach to wash out the stomach. Overdose symptoms include:

  • Bluish Skin, Fingernails and Lips.
  • Cold and Clammy Skin.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Eyes with Small, Pinpoint Pupils.
  • Liver Failure Due to Acetaminophen Overdose.
  • Loss of Consciousness.
  • Low Blood Pressure.
  • Respiratory Arrest.
  • Seizures.
  • Shallow Breathing.
  • Slow and Labored Breathing.
  • Spasms of the Stomach or Intestinal Tract.
  • Sweating.
  • Tiredness.
  • Vomiting.
  • Weakness.

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Abuse

Lorcet is a Schedule II drug, which means it carries a significant risk for abuse and physical as well as psychological dependence. Pharmaceutical companies legally manufacture Lorcet for licit use as a pain reliever but abusers obtain Lorcetthrough forged prescriptions, bogus prescription call-ins to pharmacies, "doctor shopping" as well as theft from pharmacies and friends. Read More About Lorcet Abuse

Withdrawal

You may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Lorcet, especially if you have been using high doses or taking the opioid for a long period of time. Symptoms vary in intensity. Withdrawal is a normal, predictable, physical sign of dependency, not necessarily a sign of willful abuse. Withdrawal symptoms may prevent you from quitting Lorcet without medical assistance. Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Muscle and Bone Pain.
  • Insomnia.
  • Restlessness.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Flu-like Symptoms.
  • Involuntary Leg Movements.

Detox

Dependency and addiction to Lorcet is often difficult to overcome on your own, especially if you have been taking large doses or using these opioids for a long time. Fortunately, there are in-patient and out-patient treatment facilities where trained professionals can minimize withdrawal symptoms, detoxify your body and give you the tools you need to live drug-free. Detoxification, rehabilitation and counseling are effective therapies to treat addiction to Lorcet and other opiates.

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Storage

Keep Lorcet away from excessive heat and moisture. Prevent freezing. Do not keep this drug in your bathroom or car. Store Lorcet away from children, pets and adults who might accidently or purposeful consume the drug. Do not share Lorcet with others, especially with individuals with a history of alcohol or drug abuse. Keep track of your medication, taking note of any missing doses. Dispose of unused and unneeded Lorcet.

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Miscellaneous information

Hydrocodone and acetaminophen combinations are the most frequently dispensed prescription drug in the United States, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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