What should I Know Regarding Pregnancy, Nursing and Administering Hydrocodone Compound to Children or the Elderly?

If you are PREGNANT

  • Only When Necessary: NEONATAL WITHDRAWAL/RESP.DEPRESS. W/CHRONIC OR HIGH DOSE; SMALL TERATOGENIC RISK

If you are NURSING

  • Precaution: MONITOR FOR CHANGES IN RESPIRATION, GI EFFECTS, SEDATION, FEEDING PATTERNS
  • Precaution: MAY INHIBIT LACTATION. AVOID CHRONIC USE.

If you are an adult over 60

  • management or monitoring precaution: Pulmonary-Respiratory depression is more likely to occur in elderly, as they may have altered pharmacokinetics due to poor fat stores, muscle wasting, or altered clearance. Neuro/Psych-Risk for confusion, delirium and falls. Avoid treatment with 3 or more CNS active agents. Gastrointestinal-Constipation risk. Renal-Impaired function may lead to increased toxicity due to accumulation of parent compound and metabolites. Cardiovascular-Monitor for hypotension with high doses.
  • management or monitoring precaution: Neuro/Psych-Avoid in older adults with or at high risk for delirium because of inducing or worsening delirium. Avoid in elderly with dementia or cognitive impairment because of possible worsening.

Giving Hydrocodone Compound to a child under 12

  • Contraindication: Possible risk of amblyopia associated with cycloplegia. Not to be used in first 3 months of life.
  • Contraindication: Risk of respiratory depression, breathing problems. Contraindicated age< 6 years.
  • Severe Precaution: Risk of respiratory depression, slowed or difficult breathing, and exposure to the risk of addiction with misuse and abuse. Not indicated in pediatrics.
  • management or monitoring precaution: Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.

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