Vicodine is a common misspelling of Vicodin (acetaminophen/hydrocodone).
What is Vicodin (Vicodine)?
Vicodin (Vicodine) is a combination of a narcotic analgesic (hydrocodone) and a non-narcotic analgesic (acetaminophen) used for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin (Vicodine) may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Acetaminophen works by lowering a chemical in the brain that stimulates pain nerves. Hydrocodone, an opioid (narcotic) analgesic, works by binding to receptors in the brain and nervous system used by the body's natural "pain relievers." Vicodin (Vicodine) provides better pain relief than taking either medicine alone.
As with any narcotic painkiller, Vicodin (Vicodine) should be used with caution in elderly or debilitated patients and those with severe impairment of liver or kidney function, hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, prostatic hypertrophy or urethral stricture. The usual precautions should be observed and the possibility of respiratory depression should be kept in mind.
Vicodin (Vicodine) contains hydrocodone, an opioid agonist. Opioid agonists have the potential for being abused and are sought by abusers and people with addiction disorders, and are subject to diversion.
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