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Lorcet Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Lorcet

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Lorcet include the following:
  • Lorcet contains quite a bit of acetaminophen (Tylenol®). Taking too much Lorcet, or taking Lorcet in combination with other products that contain acetaminophen, can cause severe liver problems or even death due to Tylenol poisoning. Lorcet may not be a good choice for people who already have liver disease.
  • Lorcet can cause slow and irregular breathing. In severe situations, this may be life-threatening. This may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
  • The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intracranial pressure. Lorcet should only be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
  • Lorcet can interfere with the diagnosis of many conditions that cause severe abdominal (stomach) pain.
  • Like any other narcotic, Lorcet can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Lorcet affects you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
  • Lorcet is a narcotic medication with significant potential for abuse. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Lorcet Abuse). Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with Lorcet, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
  • Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, or kidney disease, as Lorcet may not be the best choice for you.
  • Narcotics such as Lorcet are likely to cause constipation. This side effect does not go away as you continue to take the drug. Usually, laxatives are necessary to treat and prevent constipation due to Lorcet (see Lorcet and Constipation).
  • Lorcet can potentially interact with several other medications (see Lorcet Drug Interactions).
  • Lorcet is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Lorcet and Pregnancy).
  • Lorcet does pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Lorcet and Breastfeeding).
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