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What should seniors know before taking Xodol?

Before taking the prescription pain medication Xodol (hydrocodone and acetaminophen), seniors should know that premarket studies on the drug did not include enough people ages 65 and older to determine whether they react differently from younger people to the drug. It makes sense for seniors to be cautious about this drug because they're more likely than younger people to have certain medical conditions (such as liver, kidney or heart problems) and to be taking medications that could interact with Xodol. Seniors may also be more likely than younger people to become confused and oversedated after taking Xodol.

If you're a senior, talk to your doctor before starting Xodol. Give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and dietary and herbal supplements. Once you're on Xodol, do not take any new medication or supplement without checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of Xodol and monitor you closely to see how you respond and to watch for side effects. 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 of time than your doctor recommends.