Xodol is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. It is a narcotic and should be used only under the supervision of a physician, and with caution. Xodol history shows that it can be addictive and require more and more to get the same results over time. If there is a problem with the medicine becoming less effective, the physician should be informed of that fact.
The hydrocodone portion of the drug is similar to codeine, but a little stronger. It is used to treat mild to moderate pain after surgery and other medical procedures. It is designed for short term use, but can be used over a longer period with caution if there is no Xodol history of abuse.
The effectiveness of this drug decreases over time, leading to a tendency to increase the dosage. This should never be done by the patient, except on the advice of the doctor. Be cautious to always take it strictly according to the doctor's instruction, reporting any decrease it its effectiveness.
None of the medicine should ever be given to anyone for whom it was not prescribed. Due to the nature of the addiction factor, a person needs to be aware of any unauthorized use by others. Keep account of the number of pills remaining in a bottle, and keep the bottle safely put away, out of reach of children and anyone who may abuse it. If there is a danger of abuse by someone in the home, keep it locked away for safety.
A look at Xodol history indicates several potential side effects. Some are more serious than others serious side effects include:
Other side effects include:
There are some persons who should not take Xodol at all. If they have an allergy to acetaminophen or hydrocodone, they should not take it. Cirrhosis due to alcoholism or drinking more than three drinks per day on a regular basis makes it contraindicated for using the drug.
Other conditions may make it unsafe to take Xodol. These should be discussed with the physician before making a decision to take it. These include: asthma and other breathing conditions, liver or kidney problems, head injuries or brain tumor, and a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Other conditions that may indicate a problem with taking this drug are low blood pressure, digestive disorders, and thyroid or adrenal gland disorders.
The FDA has issued a warning letter saying Xodol history of sales presentations indicates a disregard for precautions that have been issued. They advertise this drug as being a safer alternative than other narcotic pain relievers, a fact that is not true at all. There are two significant areas for which they mislead the safety in their packaging and sales presentations. They do include the warnings toward the end of the packaging, but they are not according to FDA requirements, and the warnings are less intense than recommended by the FDA.
One area they misrepresent in their packaging is the fact that using alcohol is okay with Xodol use. This is directly opposed to FDA recommendations. They do mention later in their literature that there is an increased risk of hepatotoxicity. They earlier openly state that there is less of a risk when using Xodol and alcohol, which is not at all true.
They also indicate in their literature that it is safe to use Xodol for more than ten days at the lowest recommended dose without exceeding the recommended 2600mg of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period. This is not true, as the amount ingested would be closer to 3600mg if the recommended dose were used. They do state later in the literature that if used for over ten days, the dose should be limited to no more than eight tablets a day. This is in small print, and, according to the FDA, does not mitigate the incorrect information give earlier.