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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...
Generic Name: TRAMADOL EXTENDED-RELEASE - ORAL Pronounced: (TRAH-muh-dall) Tramadol Oral Uses
This medication is used to help relieve moderate to
moderately severe pain. Tramadol is similar to narcotic analgesics. It works in
the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.
How To Use Tramadol Oral
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor,
usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain relief. You may take this drug
with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to take this drug with
food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to decrease nausea (such
as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response
to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you
to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow
your doctor's instructions carefully. The maximum rec...
The FDA issued a notice that one lot of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets with a dosage of 10 mg/500 mg has been recalled because some of them may contain a higher dosage of acetaminophen.
The affected tablets were manufactured by Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, and are from Lot Number C1440512A, with an expiration date of 12/13. The tablets are approximately 16.51 mm in length, pink, capsule-shaped tablets, with "3600" debossed on one side of the tablet and "V" on the other.
Unintentional administration of tablets with increased acetaminophen content could result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than three alcoholic beverages a day.
If you are taking hydrocodone/acetaminophen in the 10/500 mg dosage and are not sure if your medication came from the recalled lot, check with your pharmacist.
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