Zamicet is a combination medication containing both an opioid pain reliever
(hydrocodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen). Like other
hydrocodone products (i.e. Lorcet, Lortab, Vicodin), Zamicet works in the
brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen
can also reduce a fever.
Zamicet comes only in liquid form. It is also expensive and less prevalent
than other hydrocodone products. Nevertheless, Zamicet should only be
used as prescribed.
Like all hydrocodone products, Zamicet is highly addictive and may cause
may cause respiratory distress and even death when combined with other
substances, especially alcohol. And like all hydrocodone products,
withdrawal reactions can occur after regular and/or high dose use.
Withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, sweating and
muscle aches, and can occur immediately after use has stopped. To prevent withdrawal
reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually.
Zamicet’s risk of addiction is highest among those with substance use disorder (such as
overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Like other opioids, Vicodin can induce nausea,
vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness and/or drowsiness. Though some of these
side effects may decrease after prolonged use. However, prolonged use also increases
tolerance to the drug’s effect.
Like other opioids, naloxone can reverse the effects of Zamicet overdose. And like all other
opioids, Zamicet addiction can be effectively addressed with Medication Assisted Treatment