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Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (By mouth)

Treats pain. This medicine contains a narcotic pain reliever.

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Hydrocodone and acetaminophen combination is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Acetaminophen is used to relieve pain and reduce fever in patients. It does not become habit-forming when taken for a long time. But acetaminophen may cause other unwanted effects when taken in large doses, including liver damage. Hydrocodone belongs to the group of medicines called narcotic analgesics… Read more
Brand names include
Anexsia, Ceta Plus, Co-Gesic, Dolorex Forte, Hycet, Lorcet, Lorcet HD, Lorcet Plus, Lortab, Lortab 10/325, Lortab 5/325, Lortab 7.5/325, Lortab Elixir, Maxidone, Norco, Stagesic, Verdrocet, Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Xodol, Zydone
Drug classes About this
Analgesic, Opioid/Acetaminophen Combination

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain [Internet]

Low back pain is common, and many pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies are available. This review examines the evidence on the comparative benefits and harms of noninvasive treatments for low back pain.

Morphine‐like drugs for cancer pain

In about 19 of 20 people with moderate to severe pain from cancer, morphine‐like drugs (opioids) can probably reduce pain to mild or no pain within 14 days if they can tolerate the side effects. Most people will have side effects, and about 1 in 10 to 2 in 10 will need to change their treatment because of side effects.

Drug Class Review: Drugs for Fibromyalgia: Final Original Report [Internet]

We compared the effectiveness and harms of tricyclic antidepressants, serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, noradrenergic and specific serotonergic reuptake inhibitor, norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor, serotonin receptor antagonist, antiepileptic drugs, and skeletal muscle relaxants in adults with fibromyalgia.

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Summaries for consumers

Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain: A Summary of the Research for Adults

This summary will answer these questions: What is low back pain? How is low back pain treated? » Medicines » Nonmedicine treatments such as heat, exercise, and massage What have researchers found about treatments for low back pain? What are possible side effects of medicines to treat low back pain? What should I discuss with my health care professional about treating my low back pain?

Morphine‐like drugs for cancer pain

In about 19 of 20 people with moderate to severe pain from cancer, morphine‐like drugs (opioids) can probably reduce pain to mild or no pain within 14 days if they can tolerate the side effects. Most people will have side effects, and about 1 in 10 to 2 in 10 will need to change their treatment because of side effects.

Cancer Pain (PDQ®): Patient Version

Cancer pain can be caused by cancer itself or its treatment and can be controlled or lessened in most patients. Learn how a personal pain plan can be used to control pain in this expert-reviewed information summary.

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