What Does Vicodin Treat?
If you have moderate to moderately severe pain, your healthcare provider may prescribe Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP). This prescription medication is only approved for adults, and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain.
Specifically, Vicodin is commonly used for short-term pain due to an injury, surgery, or dental procedure. Occasionally, it is used to treat chronic pain, migraines, or other types of recurring, long-term conditions that cause pain. However, it is often used (or rather, abused) inappropriately, as it contains a narcotic medication.
There are also some possible uses of Vicodin that are not technically approved. Some of these "off-label" uses include treating coughing and insomnia. However, these off-label uses are not considered legitimate by most healthcare professionals, as there are more appropriate medications available to treat such conditions.
(For more information on what Vicodin is used to treat, click Vicodin Uses. This article discusses how Vicodin works, why it is not safe for children, and potential off-label uses of the drug.)