Lorcet (like other hydrocodone/APAP products) is a commonly abused drug. It is readily available and inexpensive, especially in generic form. Because this is a highly desired drug of abuse, people often obtain it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. People who abuse Lorcet and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
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General considerations for when and how to take Lorcet include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet and capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed for pain.
- Be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose, as this could lead to overdose symptoms or to poisoning from the acetaminophen component, which can cause liver failure.
- It is best to take Lorcet with food, as this may help reduce stomach upset.
- Lorcet is either taken "as needed" or on a scheduled basis. "As needed" means you will only take a dose if you are experiencing pain (if you are not in pain, you will skip the dose), while "scheduled use" means you should take it on schedule, even if you are not in pain. Most healthcare providers prescribe this medication on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis. In some situations, a scheduled basis is appropriate, such as in people with constant cancer-related pain.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking Lorcet, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Lorcet Withdrawal).