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Hydrocodone (By mouth)

Treats severe pain. This medicine is a narcotic pain reliever.

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Hydrocodone is used to treat severe pain. It belongs to the group of medicines called narcotic analgesics (pain medicines). It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain. When hydrocodone is used for a long time, it may become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence. Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal side effects if treatment is stopped suddenly. This medicine… Read more
Brand names include
Hycodan, Hysingla ER, Robidone, Vantrela ER, Zohydro ER
Drug classes About this
Analgesic
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Evidence reviews

Capnography for Monitoring End-Tidal CO2 in Hospital and Pre-hospital Settings: A Health Technology Assessment [Internet]

Anesthesiologists have been using capnography for decades to monitor end-tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2) in patients receiving general anesthesia. ETCO2 monitoring using capnography devices has application across several hospital and pre-hospital settings, including monitoring the effectiveness of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), continuous monitoring of patients in the emergency room or intensive care unit (ICU), during ambulatory transport, to confirm the correct placement of an endotracheal tube (ETT), and monitoring post-operative patients with a history of sleep apnea or who have received high doses of opioids. Depending on the clinical area, the technology is at various stages of adoption.

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Suboxone Versus Methadone for the Detoxification of Patients Addicted to Prescription Opioids: A Review of Comparative Clinical Effectiveness, Safety, and Guidelines [Internet]

The purpose of this review to examine the comparative clinical effectiveness of Suboxone versus methadone for the detoxification of patients addicted to prescription opioids. In addition, guidelines on the length of detoxification time using Suboxone in patients addicted to prescription opioids will be examined.

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

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Opioids for agitation in dementia

Opioids (such as morphine and codeine) are strong painkillers best known as treatments for post‐surgical and cancer pain. They are also used for long‐term painful conditions other than cancer and sometimes for symptoms other than pain. They have a number of important adverse effects and their use involves a balance of risks and benefits.

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