Watson 3202 is a brand name for Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone 325 mg / 5 mg. Hydrocodone and acetaminophen combination is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain.
Acetaminophen is used to relieve pain and reduce fever in patients. It does not become habit-forming when taken for a long time, but can cause unwanted effects when taken in large doses, including liver damage.
Hydrocodone belongs to a group of medicines called narcotic analgesics or pain medicines. It acts on the central nervous system (brain and nerves) to relieve pain and stops or prevents cough. It is also used to treat backpain, pain, and rheumatoid arthritis.
This drug becomes habit-forming when used for a long time and can cause mental or physical dependence. Mental dependence (addiction) is less likely to occur if used for the purpose of treating pain. Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal symptoms if treatment is stopped immediately. This, however, can be prevented by gradually reducing the dose before treatment is stopped completely. Discuss with your doctor the advantages and disadvantages of taking this drug, the precautions. and side effects. This medicine is available only with doctor’s prescription.
The dose of this medication varies for every patient. The amount of medicine you take depends in your age and strength of medicine, the number of doses you take each day, and the time allowed between doses. The length of time you take the medicine will also depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine. Always follow your doctor’s order and prescription label. Do not immediately stop taking the medicine or take other medicines if it seems not working. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Do not double dose. Take the medicine as soon as you remember missing your schedule however, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missing dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Overdose symptoms include: drowsiness, sweating, pinpoint pupils, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), confusion, cold and clammy skin, muscle weakness, fainting, weak pulse, slow heart rate, coma, blue lips, shallow breathing, or no breathing. Overdose can be fatal. Immediately seek help with these symptoms.
Inform your doctor if you have allergy to acetaminophen and hydrocodone and if you have other types of allergies. Signs of allergic reaction include: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Serious Side Effects
- Difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat (these are signs of an allergic reaction)
- Decreased breathing, slow heartbeat
- Confusion, unusual thoughts
- Feeling anxious, fearful, or depressed; mood swings
- Difficulty urinating
- Upper abdominal pain, itching, little appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice
- Skin redness or rash that causes blistering and peeling
Common Side Effects
- Nausea, vomiting
Call your doctor in case of serious side effects or if symptoms persists or is bothersome or unusual. Report to your doctor any other symptoms not listed above.
Inform the doctor if you are drinking alcohol or if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Tell the doctor any medications you are currently taking or if you have any present conditions. Make known your medical history to avoid drug interactions and unwanted side effects.
Avoid the following while under treatment: drinking alcohol, driving, operating machinery and doing activities that require you to be awake and alert. This drug enhances effects of alcohol and impairs your thinking and reactions. Alcohol increases the risk of liver damage while taking this medicine.
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone can cause unwanted effects to the unborn child and the nursing infant. Inform your doctor and do not take this medicine if you are pregnant, or you plan to get pregnant and if you are breastfeeding.
It can be taken with or without food, but taking it with food might deter nausea.
This drug can cause constipation. Increase fiber in diet and drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water daily. Do not take stool softeners or laxatives without prior notice from your doctor.
Hydrocodone is a drug of abuse. This should only be used by the person to whom it was prescribed for. Distribution of this medicine is against the law.
Store acetaminophen and hydrocodone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Store in a safe place away from pets and children.
Discard properly if expired or no longer in use.
This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.