What should I avoid while taking Xodol?

While taking Xodol (hydrocodone and acetaminophen), a prescription pain medication, you should avoid:
  • taking too much. Xodol may cause serious side effects, including liver or kidney damage, heart attack or even death if taken in excessive amounts. Take Xodol exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more than prescribed or take it more frequently or for a longer period than prescribed.
  • driving a car or operating any machinery until you know how Xodol affects you. Xodol can cause drowsiness, dizziness and other side effects. 
  • becoming pregnant. Xodol could possibly harm a developing fetus if taken during pregnancy. 
  • breastfeeding. Doctors are not sure if Xodol can pass into breast milk and possibly harm a nursing infant. 
  • drinking alcohol. Alcohol may increase the side effects of Xodol and possibly raise your risk of serious problems, including liver damage. 
  • taking any other medicine that contains acetaminophen. Read labels carefully: Many combination drugs contain acetaminophen, including medicines for menstrual symptoms, migraine headache, upset stomach, cold and cough.
  • taking another medication without checking with your doctor and/or pharmacist first. Xodol may interact with other drugs, possibly raising your risk for side effects. Before taking Xodol, give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and dietary and herbal supplements. Once you begin taking Xodol, do not take any new medicine or supplement without checking with your doctor and/or pharmacist first. 
  • missing medical appointments. Your doctor may want to monitor you closely when you take Xodol.

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