Hydrocodone should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children. Because it can be a desirable drug of abuse, make sure to keep it in a safe place.
This medication is often prescribed on an "as needed" basis, which means you do not need to take a dose if you do not feel pain. If you forget to take a dose of hydrocodone and notice significant pain, take your missed dose right away. However, make sure to wait the recommended time before the next dose.
There are several hundred prescription hydrocodone products available. Some of these products are not approved by the FDA (this is actually fairly common among older medications), although the FDA has taken steps to remove such unapproved hydrocodone products from the market. Most of these unapproved products are cough syrups that contain hydrocodone plus one or more other active ingredients.
The most commonly prescribed (and abused) hydrocodone products are hydrocodone plus acetaminophen ("hydrocodone/APAP") pain medications, such as:
- Lorcet® (including Lorcet Plus® and Lorcet-HD®)
- Vicodin® (including Vicodin ES and Vicodin HP)
Most (but not all) hydrocodone products are available in generic form.