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Generic Name: HYDROCODONE/CHLORPHENIRAMINE POLISTIREX ER SUSPENSION -
ORAL Pronounced: (HYE-droe-KOE-done/KLOR-fen-IR-a-meen,POL-ee-STYE-rex) Chlorpheniramine-Hydrocodone Oral Precautions
Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other
problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
abdominal problems (e.g., chronic constipation, ileus,
adrenal gland problem (e.g., Addison's disease)
certain brain disorders (e.g., head injury, tumor, increased
breathing problems (e.g., asthma, emphysema)
a certain eye problem (glaucoma)
high blood pressure
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...
Last week Zogenix, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that develops products for treating central nervous system disorders and pain, announced positive results from its pivotal Phase 3 efficacy study of Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release capsules. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain. Currently in the U.S., hydrocodone is only available in immediate-release form and is always combined with acetaminophen. The purpose of including acetaminophen with some opioid medications is to boost their pain-relieving effects. However, the problem with including acetaminophen in opioid medications is that too much acetaminophen over time can cause liver toxicity and damage. If Zohydro receives FDA approval, it could achieve two firsts:
The first extended-release hydrocodone treatment, which is better for the treatment of chronic round-the-clock pain. (It would provide 12-hour pain relief rather than the 4 t...
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