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Acetaminophen 100 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 10 mg Oral Capsules

Acetaminophen 100 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 10 mg Oral Capsules are a solid dosage form composed of two gelatin or vegetarian shells that enclose the medication. This formulation allows for convenient and easy swallowing, ensuring a precise dosage of the active ingredients. The capsules contain Acetaminophen, a pain reliever and fever reducer, and Hydrocodone Bitartrate, an opioid pain medication. This combination is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. The precise dosage provided by this formulation ensures effective treatment and management of the disease states.

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Formula Information

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Acetaminophen 100 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 10 mg Oral Capsules are a solid dosage form that consists of two gelatin or vegetarian shells enclosing the medication. This formulation allows for easy swallowing and ensures a precise dosage of the active ingredients. It is a combination medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Acetaminophen belongs to a class of drugs known as analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). It works by changing the way the body senses pain and by cooling the body. Hydrocodone belongs to the group of medicines called narcotic analgesics (pain medicines). It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain, and stops or prevents cough. When hydrocodone is used for a long time, it may become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence.

This medication is typically used for conditions that require ongoing treatment of severe pain where other treatment options, such as non-opioid pain medicines or immediate-release opioid medicines, do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them. It is important to note that this medication should not be used to treat pain that you only have once in a while or "as needed".

As with any medication, it is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not take more of it, take it more often, or take it in a different way than directed by your doctor. Doing so can result in serious side effects or overdose. If you have any questions about this medication or its use, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Bayview Pharmacy. We are a team of knowledgeable compounding pharmacists ready to assist you.

Drug Interactions

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Acetaminophen 100 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 10 mg Oral Capsules are a combination medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever that works by increasing the pain threshold, while Hydrocodone is an opioid pain reliever that works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Together, they provide effective pain management for various disease states.

However, this medication may interact with other drugs, which can alter how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. It is important to keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: certain pain medications (mixed opioid agonist-antagonists such as pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol), naltrexone, certain medications used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), certain antibiotics (such as erythromycin, rifamycins including rifabutin and rifampin), certain antifungal medications (such as ketoconazole), certain HIV medications (such as ritonavir), and certain drugs used to treat tuberculosis (such as isoniazid, rifampin).

The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/dizziness) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also cause drowsiness or breathing problems. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as other opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, oxycodone), alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine).

Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.

Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. A product that may interact with this drug is: metoclopramide. This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including amylase/lipase levels), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

If you have any questions about the potential interactions of Acetaminophen 100 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 10 mg Oral Capsules with other medications or substances, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Bayview Pharmacy. Our team of knowledgeable compounding pharmacists is always here to assist you.

How Does it Work

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Acetaminophen 100 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 10 mg Oral Capsules are a combination medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain. This formulation combines two active ingredients: Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate, each with a unique mechanism of action to provide pain relief.

Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, is a non-opioid analgesic and antipyretic. It works by inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins in the central nervous system and peripherally blocking pain impulse generation. Prostaglandins are substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. By reducing their production, acetaminophen can effectively relieve pain and reduce fever.

Hydrocodone Bitartrate, on the other hand, is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic. It works by binding to the mu-opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. This binding blocks the transmission of pain signals to the brain, effectively reducing the perception of pain. Hydrocodone also has a cough suppressant activity, reducing cough by direct action on the cough center in the medulla.

The combination of these two active ingredients in a single capsule allows for a synergistic effect, providing more effective pain relief than either medication alone. The solid dosage form composed of two gelatin or vegetarian shells encloses the medication, allowing for convenient and easy swallowing, and providing a precise dosage of the active ingredients.

It's important to note that while this medication is effective in treating moderate to severe pain, it should be used with caution due to the risk of addiction, abuse, and misuse associated with opioid analgesics. Regular monitoring by a healthcare professional is recommended when using this medication.

If you have any questions about this formulation or its use, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at Bayview Pharmacy. Our team of knowledgeable compounding pharmacists is always here to help.

Other Uses

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Acetaminophen 100 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 10 mg oral capsules are typically used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain that has not responded to alternative treatments. It is an opioid analgesic combination that works by changing how the brain perceives and responds to pain. The acetaminophen component can also help reduce fever.

Apart from pain management, this formulation may also be utilized off-label to suppress severe coughing bouts, as hydrocodone has some antitussive (cough suppressing) properties. It is imperative to understand that this is not the primary use for this medication, and it should only be used in this manner under the guidance and direction of a healthcare provider. As with any medication, there can be side effects, risks, or potential interactions that should be considered prior to off-label use.

Please be aware that using this medication responsibly is incredibly important, because misuse of pain medication can lead to addiction and overdose – sometimes with fatal results. It's essential to follow your healthcare provider's instructions closely and to never take more of this medication than prescribed. Even if the pain persists past the expected time of relief, do not take a double dose unless advised by your doctor.

If you have any further questions regarding 'Other Uses' for this formulation, or any aspects related to the medication, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Bayview Pharmacy. As experienced compounding pharmacists, it’s our prime responsibility to ensure that you are fully educated and satisfied about your prescriptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are these Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate Oral Capsules?

These are solid dosage forms made up of two gelatin or vegetarian shells that encase the medication. They enable easy swallowing and provide a precise dosage of the active ingredients, Acetaminophen, and Hydrocodone Bitartrate.

What is the purpose of the two shells?

The two shells, made of either gelatin or vegetarian material, enclose the medicine, making it easy to swallow. They also provide a controlled and precise dosage of the active ingredients.

Why do these capsules contain both Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate?

Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate are combined in these capsules to increase their effectiveness at relieving moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication.

What is the exact dosage of active ingredients in one capsule?

One capsule contains 100 mg of Acetaminophen and 10 mg of Hydrocodone Bitartrate.

Are these capsules vegetarian?

Yes, these capsules can be made with vegetarian shells, although they are also available in gelatin shells.

Is the dose of these capsules easy to take?

Yes, the capsule format allows for convenient and easy swallowing. This design is ideal for patients who may have difficulty swallowing solid tablets.

Why choose a capsule form over a liquid or tablet?

Capsules offer precise dosage and are usually easier to swallow than tablets. They can also be conveniently carried and consumed anytime, anywhere.

What should I do if I have trouble swallowing this capsule?

If you find it hard to swallow the capsule, you can take it with plenty of water. However, if problems persist, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

How should I store these capsules?

You should store these capsules at room temperature, away from moisture and direct sunlight. Also, keep them out of the reach of children.

What can happen if I take more than the recommended dosage?

Taking more than the recommended dose of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate can lead to serious health issues like liver damage and opioid overdose. Always follow your doctor's prescription and never take more than advised.

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