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Vicodin Pain Medicine

Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a drug that is used to control pain. Because it is a narcotic and is classified as a controlled substance, the medication has a significant potential for abuse, and there are strict laws regarding its sale and use.
 
As a prescription pain medicine, Vicodin contains two different products -- 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 medicines; it is not available alone.
 
Vicodin is only approved for adults, and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain. Although most people tolerate it well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with this pain medicine, Vicodin warnings and precautions should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and non-prescription medicines).
 
(Click Vicodin for more detailed information on using Vicodin. This article discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, possible overdose symptoms, and more.)
 
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