September 2014


Hydrocodone Combos Switch to Schedule II

Plan Now to Avoid Confusion

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Hydrocodone Combos Switch to Schedule II
DEA is moving hydrocodone combos to Schedule II, but don't worry.

Prescriber's Letter is here to help you manage this change.  

Prescriber's Letter
is the leading source for up-to-the minute, practical advice on drug therapy. Read our recommendations this month to help you handle questions and avoid gaps in pain management. You'll get the information you need to:

  • Identify patients getting chronic hydrocodone combos
  • Manage refills of hydrocodone combos
  • Write new prescriptions of hydrocodone combos (starting October 6)
  • Switch opioids if needed

Download our PL Patient Education Handout and PL Chart below for more strategies to help you make the transition.

Equianalgesic Dosing of Opioids for Pain Management
Equianalgesic Dosing of Opioids for Pain Management

Refer to this PL Chart if you need help selecting alternatives to hydrocodone. It will give you the info you need to switch from one opioid to another.

Download Chart

Changes for Hydrocodone Combinations
Help Your Patients Understand the Changes for Hydrocodone Combinations

This PL Patient Education Handout will help your patients learn more about the changes with hydrocodone medicines (available in English and Spanish).

Download Patient Handout
English Version

Download Patient Handout
Spanish Version

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