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The all-out effort to make all opioid pain-relieving medications more difficult to get continues. Last week an FDA panel voted 19 to 10 to reclassify medications that contain hydrocodone – like Vicodin and Lortab – from Schedule III drugs to Schedule II drugs.
Currently, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, medications containing hydrocodone are classified as Schedule III drugs. This means doctors can call in or fax prescriptions to the pharmacy and can allow up to five refills in a six-month period.
If hydrocodone-containing products are reclassified to Schedule II, only written prescriptions with an original signature by the physician are acceptable and no refills are allowed. If you take a hydrocodone medication on a regular basis, that means in most cases you'll have to go to your doctor's office every month to get a new prescription.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) does allow, but does not encourage, doctors to issue multiple pre...
On Monday, the pharmaceutical company Zogenix, Inc. announced the FDA had accepted for review their New Drug Application (NDA) for Zohydro ER™ (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules).
Hydrocodone is one of the most frequently prescribed opioid drugs for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain. There are, however, two features that set Zohydro ER apart from other hydrocodone products currently available:
It does not contain acetaminophen.
It is an extended-release medication.
Other hydrocodone medications currently available (like Vicodin and Lortab) all contain acetaminophen , which can be hard on the liver. They are also all immediate-release, meaning they have to be taken every four to six hours. Zohydro is intended to be administered every 12 hours to provide round-the-clock pain management for an extended period of time.
Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the goal for a standard review of an NDA is 10 months from NDA subm...
Alternative Names Overdose - hydrocodone; Overdose - oxycodone; Vicodin overdose; Percocet overdose; Percodan overdose; MSContin overdose; OxyContin overdose Symptoms When you take the correct or prescribed dose of these medicines, side effects may occur. In addition to relieving pain, you may feel drowsy, confused and in a daze, constipated , and possibly nauseous. When you take too much of these medications however, symptoms become much more serious. Symptoms include: Extreme sleepiness Breathing problems Small pupils -- the black circle in the colored part of your eye The first thing that will likely occur is that you will become extremely sleepy. Depending on how much you take, this can range from struggling to stay awake to being completely unconscious -- family members may shake you very hard without waking you up. The most dangerous complication of this type of overdose is the effect on your breathing. A hydrocodone/oxycodone overdose can cause your breathing to slow down, become more sh...
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