The Watson 349 is a pill imprint made up of 500 mg of acetaminophen and 5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. It is mainly used to treat coughs, back pain and rheumatoid arthritis. There is a moderate possibility of abuse with this medication.
What it is
Watson 349 is made up of two different pain medications. Each one controls pain in a completely different way. When these two are put together, the result is a more potent painkiller than either one of the drugs by themselves.
The advantage of Watson 349
As an analgesic, Watson 349 can be used for pain in a wide variety of medical problems. Even though it is known to be a strong oral pain killer, it has one special advantage. Even though it is used for a long period of time, this painkiller does not have the negative erosive effects on the stomach that other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have.
The side effects of Watson 349
Nearly every medication has some kind of side effects, and Watson 349 is no exception. The most serious side effect of this pill is the possibility of severe liver damage that would lead to liver failure. The acetaminophen component is the one that causes liver damage.
Constipation, difficulty breathing, blurred vision, dizziness and drowsiness are just a few of the most common symptoms patients experience when taking Watson 349. Others are lightheadedness, depression, vomiting and nausea. The prolonged use side effects are kidney disease, drug dependence and withdrawal symptoms when a patient begins to go off of the medication.
What to inform the doctor before you start
Before a patient starts taking Watson 349, he should inform the doctor about all of the medications he is currently taking. The doctor also needs to know about the health problems that he has. Things like head injuries, kidney disease, brain tumor, drug abuse or addiction, brain tumors, inflammatory bowel disease and whether or not he drinks more than three alcoholic drinks per day are important things the doctor needs to be aware of.
How to store Watson 349
Like all drugs, Watson 349 should be kept where children cannot reach it. Maintain it in a container with a tight lid to keep it dry, and protect it from the direct sunlight. Store it in a cool place.
How to take Watson 349
This medication should always be used in the manner it was prescribed by the doctor. The normal dosage is one pill every four to six hours. More than five pills should not be taken in a 24 hour period.
Watson 349 should be taken whole with water. The patient can decide if he wants to take the pills with food or on an empty stomach. When they are taken with food, the nausea and vomiting are often eliminated.