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Vicodin Pain Killers

Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription medicine approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. This medication is only approved for adults, and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain. As a pain killer, Vicodin contains two different medications, hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic, opioid pain medication. It acts similarly to codeine and is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing. The acetaminophen component in Vicodin reduces pain and fever. Combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen helps improve the effectiveness of acetaminophen at relieving pain and may limit the abuse potential of hydrocodone (the maximum dose of Vicodin is limited by the acetaminophen content).
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 before starting treatment with Vicodin.
(Click Vicodin for a complete overview of this drug. This article also discusses how Vicodin works, offers tips on when and how to take this medication, and explains what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
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