Co-Gesic Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Co-Gesic is used for the relief of mild to moderately severe pain. Main ingredients in Co-Gesic are Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen. Co-Gesic combines a narcotic-analgesic (Hydrocodone Bitartrate) with a non-narcotic analgesic (Acetaminophen) which can also be used for reducing fever. Co-Gesic is usually given when Acetaminophen alone is not effective. However, Co-Gesic is not effective against Arthritis or other pain caused by inflammation.
Co-Gesic Side Effects
Co-Gesic side effect may include lightheadedness, nausea,
vomiting, constipation, and shortness of breath. Other Co-Gesic side effect include to allergic reactions,
anxiety, depression, mania, drowsiness, mood changes, and restlessness.
Co-Gesic Side Effects Reporting
If you experience any Co-Gesic side effects not mentioned above you should report it to your primary health care provider or FDA 1-800-FDA-1088 in the United States, Health Canada 1-866-225-0709 in Canada, MHRA 020 3080 6000 in UK, or TGA 1800 020 653 in Australia.
Co-Gesic is habit forming.Use it exactly as prescribed by your
physician. If you were addicted to narcotics or painkillers in the past,
let your doctor know about it.
No one who had an allergic reaction to Hydrocodone or Acetaminophen
(Paracetamol) or have adrenal, kidney, liver, or prostate disorder, should
take this drug.
Co-Gesic can make you drowsy. Do not drive a vehicle or operate
machinery until you know how Co-Gesic affects you.
If you ever had an head injury, stomach problems, or lung disease,
discuss with your doctor before taking Co-Gesic.
If you are pregnant or nursing, let your doctor know about it
before taking Co-Gesic.
Hydrocodone in Co-Gesic slows the nerve cell response. Alcohol will
definitely enhance this effect.
Check with your physician before combining Co-Gesic with the
anti-depressant, anti anxiety drugs. Cold medicines that has
Antihistamines, tranquilizers, MAO inhibitors, other narcotic analgesics
as well as herbal anti-depressant, St. John’s wort.
Co-Gesic and Pregnancy
High doses of Acetaminophen in Co-Gesic could be problematic during pregnancy. Co-Gesic may pass into breast milk. Nursing mothers should switch to bottle-feed or wait at least 4-6 hours after their last dose.
The usual dose is 1 or 2 tablets, taken every 4 to 6 hours as
needed, up to a maximum of 8 tablets per day.
Co-Gesic is not recommended for children.
Symptoms of Co-Gesic overdose include bluish skin, blood
disorders, cold and clammy skin, extreme sleepiness that can leads
to coma, general bodily discomfort, heart problems, heavy
perspiration, kidney problems, limp muscles, liver failure, low blood
pressure, nausea, slow heartbeat, vomiting. In case of Co-Gesic overdose, seek emergency medical attention