When taken regularly, can thin the blood or increase the time it takes bleeding to stop
Cleared by the kidneys
Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone
Brand names: Lortab, Hycet
Given for severe pain
Every four to six hours
Hydrocodone is a synthetic form of codeine and a narcotic
It is usually dosed based on the hydrocodone at about 0.1 to 0.15mg/kg
It is important to note that each form contains different concentrations of acetaminophen
It can be very sedating and even causing breathing to be slow or be very shallow
Overdosing can lead to serious breathing problems or even respiratory arrest
Acetaminophen and Codeine
Brand name: Tylenol #3 Elixir
This medication is not used regularly by Frisco ENT for Children
The metabolism of this drug can be unpredictable in some patients leading to more sedation and respiratory depression
Maximal Pain Management
Best achieved by alternating Acetaminophen with ibuprofen every three to four hours.
May substitute the acetaminophen with acetaminophen/hydrocodone combination with ibuprofen also every three to four hours for persistent severe pain.
It is important to note the concentration of acetaminophen in the combination forms
When using the combination medication, sometimes the amount of acetaminophen in the concentration is too low. If that is the case, additional acetaminophen can be supplemented for better pain control. Only do this under the direction of your physician or their nurse.