What is Hydrocet and why is it prescribed?
Hydrocet combines a narcotic analgesic and cough reliever with a non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. If you take Hydrocet over a long period of time, you can become mentally and physically dependent on it, and you may find Hydrocet no longer works for you at the prescribed dosage.

How should you take Hydrocet?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Hydrocet. Do not increase the amount of Hydrocet you take or the frequency without your doctor's approval. Do not take Hydrocet for any reason other than the one prescribed. Do not give Hydrocet to others who may have similar symptoms. If you miss a dose and you take Hydrocet regularly, take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. Store Hydrocet at room temperature in a tightly closed container, away from light.

Are there any Hydrocet side effects?
Hydrocet side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. More common Hydrocet side effects may include dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, sedation, and vomiting. If these side effects occur, it may help if you lie down after taking Hydrocet. Less common or rare Hydrocet side effects may include allergic reactions, anxiety, blood disorders, constipation, decreased mental and physical capability, difficulty urinating, drowsiness, fear, hearing loss, itching, mental clouding, mood changes, restlessness, skin rash, slowed breathing, and sluggishness.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Hydrocet?
If Hydrocet is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. Hydrocet slows the nervous system. Alcohol can intensify this effect. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Hydrocet with Antianxiety drugs (such as Valium and Librium), Antidepressant medications classified as "tricyclics" (such as Elavil and Tofranil), Antihistamines (such as Tavist), Drugs classified as MAO inhibitors (including the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate), Major tranquilizers (such as Thorazine and Haldol), Other narcotic analgesics (such as Demerol), or Other central nervous system depressants (such as Halcion and Restoril).

Are there any special warnings about Hydrocet?
Hydrocet may make you drowsy, less alert, or unable to function well physically. Use caution in taking Hydrocet if you have a head injury. Narcotics tend to increase the pressure of the fluid within the skull, and this effect may be exaggerated by head injuries. Side effects of narcotics can interfere in the treatment of people with head injuries. Use Hydrocet with caution if you have a severe liver or kidney disorder, an underactive thyroid gland, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, or urethral stricture. Older adults and those in a weakened condition should be careful using Hydrocet, since it contains a narcotic. Narcotics such as Hydrocet may interfere with the diagnosis and treatment of people with abdominal conditions. Hydrocet suppresses the cough reflex. Be careful using Hydrocet after an operation or if you have a lung disease. High doses of Hydrocet may produce slowed breathing. If you are sensitive to Hydrocet, you are more likely to experience this effect.

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