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Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 15 mg Oral Capsules

Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 15 mg Oral Capsules are a solid dosage form, consisting of two gelatin or vegetarian shells that enclose the active ingredients. This formulation is designed for easy swallowing and ensures a precise dosage of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer, while Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain medicine. This combination medication is typically used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

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Formula Information

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Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 15 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. The capsules are designed to deliver a specific dose of medication, providing effective relief from moderate to severe pain.

Acetaminophen is a common over-the-counter medication used to relieve pain and reduce fever. It works by changing the way the body senses pain and by cooling the body. Hydrocodone Bitartrate, on the other hand, is a narcotic analgesic that acts on the central nervous system to relieve pain. When these two medications are combined, they form a potent analgesic that can effectively manage moderate to severe pain.

This formulation is commonly used to treat conditions such as post-surgical pain, injury-related pain, and chronic conditions like cancer or arthritis where pain management is a crucial part of treatment. It's important to note that while this medication can significantly improve quality of life by managing pain, it does not treat the underlying cause of the pain. Therefore, it should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan under the supervision of a healthcare provider.

Patients should be aware that this medication can cause side effects such as dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, and vomiting. More serious side effects can include slowed breathing and addiction, especially with long-term use. Therefore, it's crucial to use this medication exactly as prescribed by a healthcare provider and report any side effects immediately.

Prescribers should consider the patient's overall health status, other medications being taken, and the patient's history of substance use when prescribing this medication. Regular follow-ups are necessary to monitor the patient's response to the medication and adjust the dosage if necessary.

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

Drug Interactions

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Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate 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. However, this medication may interact with other drugs, which can alter how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects.

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, phenobarbital, primidone), certain psychiatric drugs (such as phenothiazines or tricyclic antidepressants), and certain antibiotics (such as rifampin, rifabutin, rifapentine).

The risk of serious side effects 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.

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.

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: ketoconazole. This medication can slow the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include certain 'azole' antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), HIV medications (such as ritonavir), among others.

If you have any questions about the potential interactions of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate 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 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 15 mg Oral Capsules are a combination medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain. This formulation is a solid dosage form composed of two gelatin or vegetarian shells that enclose the medication. This design allows for convenient and easy swallowing, and provides a precise dosage of the active ingredients.

The medication works by combining the effects of two different drugs. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid analgesic and antipyretic. It works by inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins, which are substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. By reducing the production of these substances, acetaminophen can help to relieve pain and reduce fever.

Hydrocodone Bitartrate, on the other hand, is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic. It works by binding to the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain. This results in a decrease in the perception of pain.

Together, these two drugs provide effective relief from moderate to severe pain. The precise dosage provided by the capsule form ensures that patients receive the correct amount of medication needed to manage their pain effectively. This can be particularly beneficial for patients with chronic pain conditions, who may need to take this medication on a regular basis.

It's important to note that while this medication can be very effective for pain management, it also has the potential for abuse and addiction due to the opioid component. Therefore, it should be used only as directed by a healthcare provider, and patients should be closely monitored for signs of misuse or addiction.

If you have any questions about this formulation, or if you would like more information about how it works or how it can be used to treat specific disease states, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help and provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your healthcare.

Other Uses

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Our Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 15 mg Oral Capsules are primarily prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain that non-opioid analgesics cannot control. That said, in addition to relieving pain, this combination medication may have other off-label uses.

In some circumstances, it has been used as a cough suppressant. Hydrocodone, one of the active ingredients, can reduce activity in the part of the brain that causes coughing, thus this medication, under direct supervision of a healthcare provider, may be used in the treatment of severe coughs that have not responded to non-opioid cough suppressants. It is important to note that this use is not a primary indication and is not recommended without direct physician guidance.

Further, there may be potential use of this dosage form in a palliative care setting. While further investigation is needed, some healthcare providers explore the use of hydrocodone-acetaminophen combination for symptom management in end-of-life care, particularly in managing pain not responding to other treatments.

Lastly, while not a conventional use, some pre-clinical research suggests potential applications in treating certain types of neuropathic pain, again, under direct medical supervision.

Please understand that these are not typical uses and can carry a greater risk of side effects or complications. This formulation should only be used as directed by a healthcare provider, and off-label use should only be considered when standard treatments have not provided adequate relief, and only under direct supervision of an experienced healthcare professional.

Note that the use of this medication for purposes outside its approved indication should not be taken lightly, especially due to the risks associated with long-term opioid use, such as addiction, overdose, and death. Therefore, it is recommended that such usage should be monitored closely and frequently reviewed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the uses of Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 15 mg Oral Capsules, or any other queries regarding your medication, feel free to reach out to us at Bayview Pharmacy. Our well-informed compounding pharmacists are always ready to provide guidance and support.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 15 mg Oral Capsules?

These are solid dosage forms composed of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. They are enclosed in two gelatin or vegetarian shells for easy swallowing, and provide a precise dosage of the active ingredients.

What is the purpose of the two shells used in these capsules?

The two shells, made from gelatin or a vegetarian alternative, help in enclosing the medication. This design makes swallowing the capsules easier and provides an exact dosage of the active ingredients.

How can the dosage be exact?

The medication is pre-measured before being enclosed inside the two shells. This way, each capsule contains a precise amount of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone, ensuring you ingest the correct dosage.

What if I am a vegetarian or vegan? Can I take these capsules?

Yes, there are variations of these capsules available with vegetarian shells. Make sure to specify your preference when getting the prescription from your doctor or pharmacist.

What role does Acetaminophen play in this compound?

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer. It works by changing the way the body senses pain and cools the body.

What role does Hydrocodone Bitartrate play in this compound?

Hydrocodone is a strong pain reliever. It works by altering the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.

Why are these capsules preferable over other forms of medication?

Capsules are often easier to swallow than other forms of medication and they provide a pre-measured dose, preventing issues associated with measuring a dose. Moreover, the ingredients are enclosed in a shell which can further assist with easy ingestion.

How should I store these capsules?

Store these capsules at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Is it possible to open these capsules and consume the medication directly?

It's not recommended to open the capsule as they are designed to be swallowed whole. Opening the capsule may result in a strong taste or texture that can be difficult to swallow.

Who should not take Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 15 mg Oral Capsules?

People with allergies to either acetaminophen or hydrocodone, or those with certain health issues like liver disease or a history of substance abuse should avoid these medications. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any new medication.

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