Generic Name: acetaminophen and benzhydrocodone (a SEET a MIN oh fen and BENZ hye dro KOE done)
Brand Names: Apadaz
Medically reviewed by P. Thornton, DipPharm. Last updated on Feb 11, 2019.
What is Apadaz?
Apadaz contains a combination of acetaminophen and benzhydrocodone. Benzhydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of benzhydrocodone.
Apadaz is used for the short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain.
Apadaz may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
An overdose of Apadaz can damage your liver or cause death. Call your doctor at once if you have pain in your upper stomach, loss of appetite, dark urine, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).
MISUSE OF OPIOID MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use opioid medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Stop taking Apadaz and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Apadaz if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or hydrocodone.
To make sure Apadaz is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:p>
a drug or alcohol addiction;
kidney disease; or
problems with your thyroid, pancreas, or gallbladder.
If you use opioid medicine while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on opioids may need medical treatment for several weeks.
You should not breast-feed while using Apadaz.
How should I take Apadaz?
Take Apadaz exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than 14 days. An overdose can damage your liver or cause death. Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to take more of this medicine.
Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medicine in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away Apadaz is against the law.
Do not stop using Apadaz suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Store Apadaz at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of your medicine. You should be aware if anyone is using it improperly or without a prescription.
Do not keep leftover opioid medication. Just one dose can cause death in someone using this medicine accidentally or improperly. Ask your pharmacist where to locate a drug take-back disposal program. If there is no take-back program, flush the unused medicine down the toilet.
Apadaz dosing information
Usual Adult Dose of Apadaz for Pain:
Each tablet contains benzhydrocodone 6.12 mg/acetaminophen 325 mg
Initial dose: 1 or 2 tablets orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain
Maximum dose: 12 tablets in a 24-hour period
Duration of therapy: 14 days
-Initiate dosing regimen individually taking into account pain severity, patient response, prior analgesic treatment experience, and risk factors for addiction, abuse, and misuse; use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals.
-Monitor patients closely for respiratory depression within the first 24 to 72 hours of initiating therapy and following any increase in dose.
Use: For the short-term (no more than 14 days) management of acute pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Apadaz is used for pain, you are not likely to miss a dose. Skip any missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of this medicine can be fatal.
Early overdose symptoms may include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
Overdose can also cause severe muscle weakness, pinpoint pupils, very slow breathing, extreme drowsiness, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking Apadaz?
Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how Apadaz will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine that may contain acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP). Taking certain medications together can lead to a fatal overdose.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage.
Apadaz side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Apadaz: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Opioid medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and death may occur. A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.
In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
chest pain, fast heartbeats, shallow breathing;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
liver problems - nausea, upper stomach pain, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults and those who are overweight, malnourished, or debilitated.
Common Apadaz side effects include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Apadaz?
You may have breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms if you start or stop taking certain other medicines. Tell your doctor if you also use an antibiotic, antifungal medication, heart or blood pressure medication, seizure medication, or medicine to treat HIV or hepatitis C.
Opioid medication can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also use:
other narcotic medications - opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine;
drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing - a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, tranquilizer, antidepressant, or antipsychotic medicine; or
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with acetaminophen and benzhydrocodone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Apadaz only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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