Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults. Although most people tolerate this drug well, Vicodin is not suitable for everyone. Therefore make sure to read the prescribing information on the medication before starting treatment.
For example, Vicodin can cause several side effects, such as constipation, nausea, and vomiting. Also, this drug does have a significant potential for abuse, so it may not be suitable for some people. Before taking Vicodin, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
The drug comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed for pain. Because Vicodin is a commonly abused medicine, there are strict laws regarding its sale and use. For more information, talk to your pharmacist or healthcare provider.
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Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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