Hydrocodone is a type of prescription painkiller that is used to treat patients with moderate to severe pain. The drug is usually prescribed in a pill form that combines hydrocodone with acetaminophen, although it can also be administered as a liquid. Hydrocodone is prescribed generically as well as under several brand names, including Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, and Zydone.
According to data published by the Food and Drug Administration, sales of opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone have increased by more than six times over the past 15 years. This increase in the number of hydrocodone prescriptions has also brought about an increase in the number of deaths caused by an overdose from the drug.
Hundreds of patients are killed every year because of an overdose caused by the use of painkillers like hydrocodone. In some cases, these deaths occur when patients are given too much of the drug. However, deaths can also occur even when the correct dose is prescribed.
In 2011, the FDA issued a warning about prescription painkillers that contain hydrocodone and acetaminophen. The agency warned that these drugs carry an increased risk of causing liver injury or other side effects and ordered manufacturers to limit the amount of acetaminophen contained in these medications to just 325 milligrams.
If you or a loved one have suffered an overdose after being prescribed Vicodin, hydrocodone, or another prescription painkiller, you have legal rights. For a free legal consultation about your case and to find out more about filing a lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by filling out our free legal consultation form on this page.