Hydrocodone/APAP is a combination medication commonly used to treat short-term pain that is moderate to moderately severe. The drug comes in capsule, syrup, and tablet forms, and is typically taken as needed for pain, although some healthcare providers recommend that it be taken every four to six hours for pain. Strict rules regulate the sale and use of hydrocodone/APAP because of the narcotic component in it. Possible side effects include constipation, drowsiness, and nausea.
What Is Hydrocodone/APAP?
Hydrocodone/APAP (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It is a narcotic and is classified as a controlled substance, which means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use.
In 2014, hydrocodone/APAP products were reclassified as Schedule II controlled substances in the United States. This puts them under more strict regulations. This change was put into place to help prevent hydrocodone/APAP abuse.
- Lorcet® (including Lorcet Plus® and Lorcet-HD®)
- Vicodin® (including Vicodin ES and Vicodin HP)
Most (but not all) of these products are available in generic form. Both brand-name and generic versions of the drug are made by different manufacturers.