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Talacen Uses

Talacen is licensed to treat mild-to-moderate pain. Specifically, this medication is commonly used for relieving cancer pain or pain following a surgery. Talacen is approved for use in adults and children as young as 12 years old. As a combination of two pain-relieving medications, it works by binding to opioid receptors and mimicking the action of naturally occurring chemicals that block pain.

What Is Talacen Used For?

Talacen® (acetaminophen and pentazocine) is a prescription medication approved to relieve mild-to-moderate pain. It may be prescribed to treat pain that results from a variety of causes, including short-term pain due to injury or surgery, or recurring, chronic pain, such as pain from cancer. Talacen is an oral pain reliever, which means it is taken by mouth.
Talacen contains two active ingredients. Pentazocine, one of the active components, is an opioid narcotic pain medication. According to the manufacturer, when this drug is taken by mouth, 25 mg of pentazocine is as strong as 25 mg of codeine for relieving pain. Acetaminophen, the other active component, is a non-narcotic pain reliever and fever reducer found in a number of prescription and nonprescription pain medicines, as well as many cough and cold products.
Talacen is not the only prescription medicine containing pentazocine. Pentazocine is also an active ingredient in Talwin® (pentazocine lactate), an injectable pain medicine, and Talwin® Nx (pentazocine/naloxone), an oral medication that combines pentazocine with naloxone (Narcan®). These other pentazocine-containing products contain a higher amount of pentazocine and are approved for treating moderate-to-severe pain.
Like other narcotic medications, Talacen has the potential for abuse. Because of this abuse potential, it is classified as a controlled substance. Controlled substances are medications that are highly controlled under strict laws and regulations associated with their sale and use.
Talacen is specifically classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance. Schedule IV controlled substances are considered to have less abuse potential than Schedule II (i.e., morphine) and III (i.e., hydrocodone/APAP) controlled substances. 
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