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What should I know about hydrocodone before taking it?

You should know that hydrocodone is always combined with another ingredient which must be stated whenever talking about the drug. It never comes by itself.
You should not take hydrocodone combinations if you are allergic to it or any of its other ingredients. Talk to your doctor about taking hydrocodone combination if you have recently had surgery or if you have ever had breathing problems, lung disease, croup, a head injury or increased pressure on the brain, Addison's disease, prostatic hypertrophy, low blood pressure, abnormal spinal curvature, urethral stricture, glaucoma, thyroid disease, liver disease, intestinal disease or kidney disease. You should not use hydrocodone combinations if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The drug may be habit-forming and is not recommended for use in those with a history of drug or alcohol abuse. If you must have surgery, no matter how minor, while taking a hydrocodone combination, tell the doctor or surgeon what you are currently taking. Hydrocodone combinations may cause drowsiness, so avoid driving or operating machinery or tools until you know how it will affect you. Drinking alcohol while taking it can increase your risk of side effects, so avoid alcohol while taking hydrocodone combinations. Talk to your doctor before taking hydrocodone combinations if you are taking any of the following: antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, ipratropium, monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, sleeping pills, sedatives or tranquilizers; or drugs to treat Parkinson's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, motion sickness, ulcers, seizures or urinary problems.

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