This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains an opioid (narcotic) pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever.
This product is not recommended for use in children younger than 6 years due to an increased risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing).
Hydrocodone is a widely prescribed pain reliever. It’s also sold under the more familiar brand name Vicodin, a drug that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen. The best way to prevent hydrocodone addiction is to take the drug exactly as your doctor prescribes.
It is also important to record your pain in a diary while you take it. Some people who start out taking hydrocodone as treatment become hooked on the euphoric feeling.
As a result, they use it for longer than recommended. Taking hydrocodone for a long time can build a tolerance to the drug. This means your body needs more of the drug to feel the same effects.
Stopping suddenly can lead to withdrawal problems, such as:
When used properly and for only a short period, hydrocodone is usually safe and effective.