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Vicodin Pain Reliever

Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a drug approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. This medication is approved only for adults, and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain. As a prescription pain reliever, Vicodin contains two different medications, hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever. It acts similarly to codeine and is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing. The acetaminophen component in Vicodin is a pain reliever and fever reducer. 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 drugs 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 the pain reliever Vicodin. This article discusses how Vicodin works, lists potential side effects, and covers safety concerns to be aware of before using this medication.)
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