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Healthcare providers can prescribe Co-Gesic® (hydrocodone/APAP) for people with moderate-to-moderately severe pain. This medication is a narcotic, so special rules and regulations control its sale and use. It comes in tablet form and is generally taken every four to six hours as needed.
There are two different active ingredients in this medicine. The hydrocodone component is a semisynthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever. It acts similarly to codeine. Hydrocodone is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, but also causes drowsiness, mood changes, and mental "clouding."
The second ingredient, acetaminophen (APAP), is a pain reliever and fever reducer. Combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen helps improve the effectiveness of Co-Gesic and may limit the product's abuse potential.
(Click Co-Gesic for more information on this drug, including possible side effects, generic availability, and important safety warnings and precautions.)
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