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Hydrocodone (Definition)

Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two naturally occurring opiates: Codeine or thebaine. It is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive. It is available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain or as an antitussive to treat cough. Hydrocodone affects pain by ...Read more


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Side effects of hydrocodone cough syrup?

Side effects of hydrocodone cough syrup?

Some: Hydrocodone cough suppressants can have side effects. I typically caution my patients about decreased alertness, increased sleepiness and in my COPD patients decreased respiratory function. In the elderly hydrocodone can cause significant confusion. ...Read more

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Tell me how much hydrocodone is in a tablespoon of hydrocodone cough syrup?

Tell me how much hydrocodone is in a tablespoon of hydrocodone cough syrup?

30mg: The preparation i found available as a syrup listed the hydrocodone content as 10 mg. Per 5ml (tsp) which works out to 30mg/tbsp . However, a compounding pharmacy may create a preparation with different strength. The strength should be listed on the bottle. ...Read more

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Little cousin took hydrocodone cough syrup; he is only three? Too young?

Little cousin took hydrocodone cough syrup; he is only three?  Too young?

Not necessarily.....: There are a few hydrocodone combination cough medications available that are approved above 2 years of age but , personally, one should consider this a decision of last choice in controlling cough. The potential side-effects outweigh any benefit. ...Read more

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Could hydrocodone cough syrup expire?

Could hydrocodone cough syrup expire?

Yes....: This is a prescription medicine and will have a pharmacy label on it. On the pharmacy label, it will have the expiration date. It is usually around 1 year from the date it was prescribed. If your medicine has expired, and you have continued symptoms, see your doctor for a new prescription. ...Read more

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Tell me how much hydrocodone is in a tablespoon of hydrocodone cough syrup?

30mg: The preparation i found available as a syrup listed the hydrocodone content as 10 mg. Per 5ml (tsp) which works out to 30mg/tbsp . However, a compounding pharmacy may create a preparation with different strength. The strength should be listed on the bottle. ...Read more

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Does hydrocodone cough syrup expire if you keep it in the fridge?

Yes: I would assume that it expires after the expiration date just to be safe. Keeping it cold may prolong the activity but i would err on the side of safety. Once it expires it doesn't help much anyway. Get some new medication. ...Read more

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Side effects of hydrocodone cough syrup?

Some: Hydrocodone cough suppressants can have side effects. I typically caution my patients about decreased alertness, increased sleepiness and in my COPD patients decreased respiratory function. In the elderly hydrocodone can cause significant confusion. ...Read more

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