Although Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen can be taken individually, treatment can be more effective when they are used in conjunction with one another. By using a combination medicine, such as Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, patients get the benefits associated with each active ingredient and this can enable them to access more effective pain relief.
Hydrocodone, for example, is a narcotic analgesic and is used to treat moderate or severe pain. As an opioid agonist, Hydrocodone binds to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. By doing so, Hydrocodone provides relief from pain but can also cause drowsiness, dizziness and/or lightheadedness.
As a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), Ibuprofen can be used to minimize pain but it also reduces swelling and inflammation. When arachidonic acid is converted to prostaglandin H2 in the body (and subsequently other types of prostaglandins), patients can experience more pain. Associated with inflammation, pain and fever, prostaglandins are produced in fewer amounts when an NSAID is taken. By preventing cyclooxygenase enzymes from converting arachidonic acid prostaglandin H2, there are fewer prostaglandins in the patient's body. As a result, the patient's fever can be reduced, their pain can be alleviated and swelling and inflammation can be minimized.
When taken as a combination medicine, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen can reduce pain, as well as swelling and inflammation. As many patients experience pain caused by inflammation, this combination medicine can be used to effectively minimize the pain's discomfort, as well as targeting the cause of their pain.
Although Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is an effective form of pain management, it should not be used for long periods of time. Hydrocodone, in particular, can be habit forming if it is taken in high doses or for long periods of time and patients may develop a dependency on the drug if their use isn't monitored. Due to this, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen will not normally be prescribed for longer than ten days.
If the medication is used appropriately, however, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen can be used relieve a patient's pain and minimize any discomfort caused by swelling and inflammation.
When patients take medication, it's not uncommon for them to experience some side effects. Whilst some adverse effects require medical intervention, others are fairly mild and may not cause particular discomfort. Often, patients will experience side effects when they begin taking a new medication but they will decrease as the patient becomes accustomed to the treatment.
If patients are taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, for example, they may experience the following side effects when they first start using the medication:
If the above side effects are fairly mild and the patient does not find them troublesome, medical intervention may not be required. However, if they are severe or are not relieved over time, the patient should obtain medical advice.
Similarly, patients should seek immediate medical assistance if they experience any of the following side effects when taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen:
In addition to this, patients should obtain medical help if they experience any other side effects which are not listed above.
When taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, patients should only use the medication as their doctor has instructed. If patients take too much medication, an overdose may occur. In this instance, patients will require emergency medical treatment. An overdose of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen may be characterized by the following symptoms:
As Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is available in various strengths, the patient's dose will depend on the exact type of medication they're given. Most commonly prescribed at a strength of 2.5mg of Hydrocodone and 200mg of Ibuprofen, the medication is also available at strengths of 5mg/200mg, 7.5mg/200mg and 10mg/200mg, respectively.
If patients are prescribed a dose of 2.5mg/200mg, they are often instructed to take one tablet every four to six hours. Although a tablet can be taken every four to six hours, patients should only take Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen this often if their symptoms require it. Furthermore, patients should not take more than five Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen tablets per day.
Although this reflects a standard dosing regime for treatment with Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, every patient will be given unique instructions by their physician. If patients are prescribed Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen at a higher dose, for example, they may be instructed to take fewer tablets per day or to leave longer between doses.
When taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, it is vital that patient's follow their physician's instructions. If Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is over-used, it can cause serious side effects and an overdose may occur.
If patients forget to take a dose of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, they should take it as soon as they remember to do so. However, four to six hours does need to be left in between each dose so patients should ensure that their subsequent doses will not be taken too early if they need to amend their treatment schedule.
If the patient has forgotten to take a dose of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen and their next dose is almost due, they should skip the dose they have missed completely. It is never appropriate or safe to take a double dose of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen.
If patients are unsure how to take Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen or when they should take their next dose of medication, they should seek advice from their pharmacist or physician.
Although some medications can be taken at the same time, there are some medicines which are likely to interact if they are taken together. Due to this, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen may not be suitable for patients who are already taking other medicines. If patients are taking any of the following medications, for example, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen should not be prescribed:
Similarly, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is not usually prescribed in conjunction with the following medicines:
Whilst Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is not usually prescribed alongside the above medications, doctors may feel it is appropriate in some instances. If so, the patient's dose of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen may be altered to reduce the chance of an interaction occurring.
Patients should also be aware that taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen at the same time as some other medicines may increase the risk of side effects occurring. If patients take Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen alongside the following medicines, for example, they may experience more adverse effects:
Although patients may be more likely to experience side effects if they take Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen alongside any of the medications listed above, this does not necessarily mean that the medication won't be prescribed. If necessary, the patient's dose can be modified to reduce the risk of side effects occurring or patients can be given additional medication to minimize any side effects they do experience.
Patients should also be aware that some medicines can interact with other substances, such as vitamins, supplements, foods, drinks and cigarettes. Due to this, patients should tell their doctor if they are taking any over-the-counter medicines, supplements or vitamins before they start using Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen.
In addition to this, patients should avoid the following substances when taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen as they are likely to interact with the medication:
Furthermore, patients should obtain medical advice before taking any over-the-counter medicines, supplements or vitamins once they have started taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen.
If patients have any existing health conditions or a history of certain conditions, it may affect their use of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen. Due to this, patients should discuss their medical history with their physician before taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen. The following conditions can be particularly relevant if treatment with Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is being considered:
Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is only usually prescribed to patients over the age of 16 years. As studies have not confirmed the safety of this medication for patients under this age, it is not normally prescribed to pediatric patients who are under the age of sixteen years.
Although Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen may be prescribed to geriatric patients, these patients may be more likely to have age-related heart, liver or kidney problems. These conditions can make it more difficult to process medications and may make overdose more likely. Due to this, geriatric patients may be given a lower dose of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen.
Taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen may increase the patient's risk of having a stroke or heart attack. This may be more likely if the patient already has a history of heart disease. If patients experience any of the following symptoms when taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, they should stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical help:
When taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, patients could experience bleeding in the intestines or stomach. This may be more likely to occur if the patient has a history of stomach ulcers or if the patient smokes, drinks alcohol regularly, is over the age of 60 years or is in poor health. Other medications, such as blood thinners or steroids, may also increase the risk of internal bleeding. If bleeding in the intestines or stomach occurs, it can happen suddenly and without warning. Patients should obtain immediate medical help if they experience the following symptoms when taking this medicine:
Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen can cause patients to experience liver problems. If patients suffer from the following symptoms when taking this medicine, they should stop taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen and should obtain medical help:
When taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, patients may experience serious skin problems. If patients have any of the following symptoms when taking this medication, they should obtain medical advice:
Taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen increases the effects of other central nervous system depressants, such as:
Due to this, patients should not take other central nervous system depressants or consume alcohol while taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen.
If patients are due to undergo any surgical procedures, they must inform their physician that they are taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen in advance. This includes any dental work or dental procedures. Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen can interfere with the effects of anesthetic so the patient's treatment may need to be adapted or postponed until they are no longer taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen.
Patients can feel lightheaded, drowsy or dizzy when taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen. They may also experience a false sense of well-being. Due to this, patients should not operate machinery, drive or carry out tasks which require their full attention until they know how they react to this medicine.
If patients experience any of the following symptoms when taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, they should be assessed for possible meningitis. Due to this, patients should seek immediate medical help if they are suffering from:
Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen may cause patients to suffer from a dry mouth. To relieve this side effect, patients may want to use a saliva substitute, suck ice chips or chew sugarless gum or candy. If this side effect persists, patients should consult their physician.
If patients have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure or heart disease, they should inform their doctor if they experience any of the following when taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen:
If patients experience changes to their vision when taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, they should inform their physician. This includes blurred vision and/or difficulty reading. Patients may need to be referred to an ophthalmologist for a more thorough assessment of their eyes.
In most cases, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is not prescribed to patients who are pregnant. Taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen in the late stages of pregnancy could cause harm to the unborn baby.
If patients become pregnant whilst taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, they should inform their physician immediately.
When patients are taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, they should not breastfeed an infant. The medication could be passed to the infant via breastmilk and could cause serious complications, such as breathing problems. Due to this, patients are advised to stop breastfeeding when taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen. Patients should also seek medical advice before they resume breastfeeding once they have taken Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen as the medication may remain in their system for some time.
When taking Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, patients may experience a serious allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis. If so, they will require emergency medical treatment. Symptoms of a serious allergy may include:
When keeping Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen at home, patients may ensure that no-one else can access their medication. It is particularly important that children and/or pets cannot gain access to this medicine.
When storing Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, patients should follow the medication guide supplied with their medicine. In general, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen can be stored at room temperature but it should be kept out of direct light and away from heat and moisture.
If the medicine reaches its use-by date or if patients are advised to stop using Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen, they should dispose of the medicine safely. It is not appropriate to dispose of medication alongside regular household waste as it may cause harm to another person.
Instead, patients should contact their physician's office or pharmacist and use a specified medicine disposal service.
Although Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen is a strong painkiller, it is associated with a number of serious side effects. Due to this, it may not be an appropriate form of treatment for patients who have pre-existing medical conditions. Furthermore, patients should not use Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen if a less potent painkiller provides them with effective relief.
However, if patients do not have any existing conditions which could interfere with the use of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen and they are experiencing severe pain, the medication may be extremely effective at reducing their discomfort.
Whilst Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen may be prescribed for medium or long-term use on rare occasions, it is normally prescribed as a short term remedy. If patients have undergone a specific procedure, such as wisdom tooth removal, or have suffered an acute injury, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen may be used to manage their pain.
Providing patients are monitored regularly and use the medication in accordance with their doctor's instructions, Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen can be used to successfully manage pain on a short-term basis.