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Vicodin is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage pain severe enough to require an opioid, and for which other treatments are ineffective. Vicodin is a combination drug composed of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

Hydrocodone is an opioid, or synthetic opiate, that works as a potent analgesic (painkiller). Acetaminophen is an analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer). Both drugs are believed to work by reducing the perception of pain.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, regular use of opioids - even as prescribed by a doctor - can lead to dependence. If misused, opioids can cause overdose and death.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Vicodin is taken every four to six hours as prescribed by a physician.

Vicodin comes in tablet form.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Vicodin lists common side effects including drowsiness, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, and vomiting.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Vicodin include dependency and addiction, liver failure, severe skin and hypersensitivity reactions, respiratory depression, increased head pressure, and acute abdominal problems.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Vicodin — RxList

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