Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen Nursing Considerations, Side Effects, and Mechanism of Action

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Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen

Generic Name: hydrocodone/acetaminophen

Trade Name: Norco

Indication: management of moderate to severe pain

Action: alters the perception and reaction to pain by binding to opiate receptors in the CNS, also suppresses the cough reflex

Therapeutic Class: opioid Analgesic, allergy, cold and cough remedies, antitussive

Pharmacologic Class: opioid agonists, nonopioid analgesic combinations

Nursing Considerations:
 use caution with concurrent use of MAOI - avoid use within 14 days of each other
 hypotension - monitor hemodynamics and respirations after administering
 may increase ICP use caution with head trauma
 Narcan (nalaxone) is the antidote for overdose
 DO NOT exceed 4g of acetaminophen per day

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