Hydrocodone is a morphine-like drug that is often used in prescription pain medications and cough suppressants. It comes in numerous different forms (including tablets, capsules, and liquids) and is typically taken every four hours as needed for pain.
In order to help ensure the safe use of hydrocodone, safety information should be discussed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. It is important to know that hydrocodone products have a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. You should not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. Hydrocodone is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
There are also a number of potential side effects that you should be aware of while taking this medication. When side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Some of the most common side effects of hydrocodone include drowsiness, constipation, nausea, and dizziness.
(Click Hydrocodone Side Effects and Hydrocodone Warnings and Precautions for more hydrocodone safety information, including a list of potential side effects that require immediate medical attention and more information on who should not use this particular drug.)