Pain Channel
Topics & Medications
Related Channels

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.)
Alternative Therapies for Pain Management
Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.