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Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 7.5 mg Oral Capsules

Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 7.5 mg Oral Capsules are a solid dosage form, consisting of two gelatin or vegetarian shells that encase the medication. This formulation allows for easy swallowing and ensures a precise dosage of the active ingredients, 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 7.5 mg Oral Capsules are a potent 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.

Acetaminophen is a non-opioid analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that works by changing the way the body senses pain and by cooling the body. Hydrocodone, on the other hand, is an opioid pain reliever that acts on certain centers in the brain to give you pain relief. The combination of these two medications provides a synergistic effect, enhancing the overall pain relief.

This formulation is typically used to treat conditions that cause moderate to severe pain, such as post-surgical pain, injury-related pain, or pain from conditions like cancer or severe arthritis. It's important to note that this medication should only be used when non-opioid pain relievers have not provided adequate pain relief, due to the potential for addiction and dependence associated with opioid medications.

Patients should take this medication as directed by their healthcare provider, and should not take more than the prescribed dose. Side effects can include dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Serious side effects, although rare, can include slow/shallow breathing, fainting, seizure, and severe drowsiness/difficulty waking up. Patients should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of these serious side effects.

Prescribers should monitor their patients closely for signs of addiction, abuse, and misuse. This medication should be prescribed and dispensed in the smallest quantity appropriate to reduce the risk of overdose and theft. It's also important to educate patients about the risks of taking opioid medications, including the risk of life-threatening respiratory depression.

If you have any questions about this formulation, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are a team of knowledgeable compounding pharmacists at Bayview Pharmacy, and we are 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, and medications 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 or increase the risk of liver damage. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.

Other medications can affect the removal of hydrocodone/acetaminophen from your body, which may affect how this product works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as ketoconazole), macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), HIV medications (such as ritonavir), rifamycins (such as rifabutin, rifampin), certain drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), among others.

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: MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemine, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, tranylcypromine).

Remember that your healthcare provider has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. If you have any questions or concerns about this medication or its potential interactions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Bayview Pharmacy.

How Does it Work

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Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 7.5 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 of these ingredients works in a unique way to alleviate pain and discomfort.

Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, is a common over-the-counter medication used to relieve pain and reduce fever. It works by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, chemicals in the body that cause inflammation and increase pain sensitivity. By reducing the levels of these chemicals, acetaminophen can effectively alleviate mild to moderate pain.

Hydrocodone Bitartrate, on the other hand, is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from codeine. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain. This results in a significant reduction in the perception of pain. Hydrocodone also has a cough suppressant activity, which can be beneficial in certain conditions.

The combination of these two ingredients in a single capsule provides a synergistic effect, allowing for effective pain management in conditions where either acetaminophen or hydrocodone alone would not be sufficient. 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 managing pain, it can also lead to dependency and addiction if not used as directed. Therefore, it should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare provider and for the shortest duration necessary.

If you have any questions about this formulation, its uses, or its potential side effects, 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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The formulation of Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 7.5 mg Oral Capsules serves primarily as a potent combination analgesic. It is used commonly for the relief of moderate to severe pain that is unresponsive to non-narcotic analgesics. However, besides this primary use, this combination product has been utilized off-label for other indications as well.

Acetaminophen in this combination has been used off-label for its antipyretic action in patients who have a fever, due to its ability to act on the hypothalamic heat-regulating centers. Anecdotal usage has also shown it to be potentially useful for generalized aches and pains, dysmenorrhea, and headache pain, although these uses are not typically first-line due to the potential risk of dependency associated with the hydrocodone component of this formulation.

Hydrocodone, a semi-synthetic opioid, has been used off-label as an antitussive (cough suppressant). Its significant antitussive properties make it potentially useful in managing both acute and chronic cough conditions that have remained refractory to non-opioid antitussives. It may also be used off-label to manage severe dyspnea in palliative care settings, although more research is needed to assess outcomes and safety for this usage.

Given the nuanced risk-to-benefit ratio associated with this combination product, it is crucial to have it prescribed by a healthcare provider familiar with your medical history. Abuse and addiction risk with this formulation is non-negligible, with the hydrocodone component considered a Schedule II controlled substance. Furthermore, patients with liver disease, a history of drug or alcohol abuse, and those with a hypersensitivity to either component should avoid this formulation. As always, this medication should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration necessary.

We highly recommend discussing these off-label uses with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment regimen. If you have any additional questions or concerns about this or any other formulations, don't hesitate to reach out to our team of compounding pharmacists at Bayview Pharmacy. We are always here to provide expert guidance and support to ensure the safe, effective use of your medications.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Acetaminophen 200 mg/Hydrocodone Bitartrate 7.5 mg Oral Capsules?

These are solid dosage forms composed of two shells made from gelatin or a vegetarian alternative that encase a precise amount of active ingredients. In this case, the active ingredients are Acetaminophen (200 mg) and Hydrocodone Bitartrate (7.5 mg).

What are the benefits of capsule form medication?

Medications in capsule form are convenient to swallow and provide a precise dosage of the necessary active ingredients. This ensures the patient is able to take the exact prescribed dosage easily.

Are the capsules easy to swallow?

Yes, the capsules are designed to be smooth and easy to swallow, making them ideal for individuals who might have difficulty swallowing larger or rougher pills.

What are the shells of the capsules made of?

The shell of the capsule can be made from either gelatin or a plant-based vegetarian alternative. This gives patients the flexibility to choose according to their dietary restrictions or personal preference.

What is contained inside the capsules?

Each capsule contains Acetaminophen (200 mg) and Hydrocodone Bitartrate (7.5 mg), which are the active ingredients in this medication.

What is the purpose of Acetaminophen in the capsules?

Acetaminophen is a type of pain reliever (analgesic) and fever reducer (antipyretic). It's most commonly used to alleviate mild to moderate pain and reduce fever.

What is the purpose of Hydrocodone Bitartrate in the capsules?

Hydrocodone Bitartrate is an opioid analgesic. It is used to manage severe, chronic pain symptoms that cannot be effectively treated with non-opioid painkillers.

Are these capsules safe for everyone to consume?

No. Patients with certain medical conditions, allergies, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take these capsules. It is also not intended for use in children. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting new medication.

Can the dosage of this medication be adjusted?

Any adjustments to the dosage of this medication should only be done under direct guidance of a healthcare professional. Do not attempt to modify your dosage on your own.

How should I store these capsules?

These capsules should be stored in a cool, dry place, out of the reach and sight of children. Make sure to follow any additional instructions on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

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