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Vicodin Medication for Pain

Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a medicine approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. This prescription product is only approved for adults, and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain.
 
As a prescription pain medication, Vicodin contains two different medications -- hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic 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." In the United States, hydrocodone is only available in combination with other medications; it is not available alone.
 
Although most people tolerate Vicodin well, it is not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and non-prescription medicines), as well as any other medical conditions you may have. Because Vicodin is a commonly abused drug, there are strict laws regarding its sale and use.
 
(Click Vicodin for a complete overview of this drug. This article also discusses how Vicodin works, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before using it.)
 
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