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Hydrocodone is an opioid medication. It is prescribed to treat pain. This is directed for short-term treatment. This medicine can be used for need-based pain. The extended-release form of this drug is Zohydro ER and Hysingla ER. This goes under the classification of drugs known as narcotic analgesics. People buy Hydrocodone online to get rid of the suffering from toothache or surgery pain or pain from injuries.

Different Doses Available

There are different forms and various doses of Hydrocodone available. The variety of doses are;

Hydrocodone 5-325 mg :

This is the lowest dose of Hydrocodone. It is directed to the patient for the healing of moderate pain.  This is a round-shaped white-colored medicine, U 01 written on it.

Hydrocodone 10-325 mg :

Hydrocodone 10-325 mg is a light yellow colored, sphere-shaped tablet. T 259 is marked on this tablet.

Hydrocodone 10-500 mg :

This is a white-colored sphere-shaped medicine. It has WATSON 540 written on it.

Hydrocodone 10-650 mg :

It is a sphere-shaped medicine in white color. It has M 362 written on it.

Hydrocodone 10-660 mg :

It is a sphere-shaped medicine in white color. It has M 362 written on it.

How does it Work?

It helps the brain to change the way it responds to pain. Vicodin mainly works in the brain and the Central Nervous System. It stops the receptor nerves and does not let the pain sensation reach the brain.

How Long Does it Stay in the Body?

Hydrocodone starts working in the body after 30 minutes to 1 hour of its consumption. The effectiveness of this medicine helps the patient to stay pain-free for up to 4 to 6 hours. However, the presence of it can be found approximately for 2 to 3 days in various body parts. Though this needs a special test.

How to Use it?

Take it as the exact way you are directed by your pharmacist or healthcare provider. Taking it for a longer period than the prescription will be very dangerous. You should not increase or decrease the doses of this medicine on your own.

Normally this medicine is taken orally.

Side Effects:

Certain dangerous and less dangerous side effects can occur in the body while consuming Tramadol. You need not worry about the less dangerous or usual side effects. If the common side effects last for a longer period or get worse, then this could be a matter of concern.

Hydrocodone side effects

Hydrocodone side effects

Casual side effects are:-

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Tired feeling
  • Drowsiness
  • Cold
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose

Certain risky side effects are ;

  • Hallucinations,
  • Agitation,
  • sweating,
  • fever,
  • fast heart rate,
  • shivering,
  • muscle stiffness,
  • twitching,
  • loss of balance
  • Urination problem
  • Weak pulse
  • Slow heart rate
  • Lightheadedness
  • Feeling like you might pass out
  • noisy breathing,
  • sighing
  • Sleep apnea
  • shallow breathing
  • Confusion
  • tremors

If any of these side effects occur then do not take this medicine anymore and consult your treatment provider immediately seeking urgent treatment.

If the casual issues also last for a longer period of time or the intensity of it increases, then also you need to ask for urgent treatment.

What if I Missed a Dose?

This medicine is taken when necessary, so there is no way of missing a dose. But if you are using it regularly, then you may forget to take a dose. Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. Do not take the missed dose if it is the time nearer to the time of taking the usual dose.

In case of Overdosed :

Taking multiple doses at a time or larger doses than prescribed will cause an overdose. The person who has been overdosed will experience severe drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, or no breathing. Give Naloxone to the person if they are not waking up or having slow breathing. Inform the doctor immediately, take him/her to the nearest hospital or call the poison help center.

Warnings and Precautions :

If you are a patient with blockage in the intestine, stomach or breathing issue, or severe asthma then you should not take this medicine.

There are some other diseases that can become more dangerous with the consumption of Lorazepam. Make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows it before prescribing you this medicine. Those diseases are ;

  • seizure disorders
  • hypothyroidism
  • renal dysfunction
  • urinary retention
  • arrhythmias
  • respiratory depression
  • adrenal insufficiency
  • biliary spasm
  • Problem in pancreas
  • Liver or kidney diseases
  • Alcohol or drug addiction
  • Breathing problem
  • Sleep apnea
  • Brain injury

No one should consume this medicine during pregnancy, as it causes opioid dependence in the infant. The baby will have to go through serious withdrawal symptoms and will need long-term treatment.

It passes through breast milk, so taking it during the period of breastfeeding will cause serious issues in your baby.

Drug Interaction:

There are certain other drugs that can have an impact on the effectiveness of this medicine. Some other medicine in interaction with it can also cause some serious fatal problems. Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking the following medicines

  • Cold or allergy medicines
  • COPD medicine
  • Water pill
  • Medicine for bowel syndrome
  • Drugs for motion sickness
  • Cough medicine
  • Other opioid pain medicines
  • a sleeping pill
  • muscle relaxer,
  • medicine  for mental illness
  • Lorazepam
  • Diazepam
  • Xanax
  • Klonopin, etc.


Keep this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Moisture and direct sunlight can damage the medicines, keeping them away from those. Keep the medicines in an airtight box. Children should stay away from this. Dispose of the expired and unused medicines in a place that children and animals can not reach there. You can also ask the pharmacist or the local disposal factory for it.

Frequently Asked Questions :

How long does it take for hydrocodone to start working after you take it?

Hydrocodone starts working in the body after 30 minutes to 1 hour of its consumption. The effectiveness of this medicine helps the patient to stay pain-free for up to 4 to 6 hours

Does hydrocodone make you sleepy?

Drowsiness is a very common side effect of Hydrocodone consumption among other side effects. So it will make you sleepy, and less active during the time. So do not take any other sleep-promoting medicines like cough medicine or cold medicine or sleeping pills.

What are hydrocodone contraindications?

There are certain diseases that can get worse after consumption of Hydrocodone. So the contraindications to this medicine are seizure disorders, hypothyroidism, renal dysfunction, urinary retention, arrhythmias, respiratory depression, adrenal insufficiency, biliary spasm, problem in the pancreas, liver or kidney diseases, alcohol or drug addiction, breathing problem, sleep apnea, brain injury, etc.

Does hydrocodone interact with anything?

Yes, Hydrocodone does interact with some other drugs and the result can be fatal. The drugs are cold or allergy medicines, COPD medicine, water pill, medicine for bowel syndrome, drugs for motion sickness, cough medicine, other opioid pain medicines, a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, medicine for mental illness, lorazepam, diazepam, Xanax, Klonopin, etc.

What are the adverse effects of hydrocodone?

Like any other medicine, this medicine also has some side effects. The adverse side effects of taking it are vomiting, nausea, constipation, dizziness, tired feeling, drowsiness, cold, headache, sore throat, sneezing, stuffy nose, hallucinations, agitation, sweating, fever, fast heart rate, shivering, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of balance, urination problem and Weak pulse.