What is hydrocodone?

Sometimes I see it as hydrocodone, and sometimes hydrocodone HCL.

prescription-drugs

Prescription Drugs

Hydrocodone-based medication, like Vicodin and Lortab, is available by prescription only.

opiates

Opiates

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid used for pain management.

painkillers

Painkillers

Pain medication is often referred to as "painkillers".

hydrocodone

Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is commonly combined with other medication, such as acetaminophen or aspirin, in an effort to reduce typical opioid side effects (nausea, constipation, etc.).


Vicodin is hydrocodone. Very popular painkiller in Hollywood, and pretty common for dental pain after tooth surgery.

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It's a super strong painkiller.

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answered 16 Aug '12, 19:06

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Hydrocodone is often combined with other, less-powerful compounds like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. I assume for health concerns. If there is an HCL proceeding the name of the medication, it means that it contains hydrochloride, which makes the drug more water soluble and generally stable. Again, I assume for health concerns.

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answered 06 Jun '12, 18:30

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I'd say it's most similar to codeine. Sold under brand names:

Anexsia Biocodone Damason-P Dicodid Duodin Hycet Hycodan Hydrococet Hydrokon Hydrovo Kolikodol Lorcet Lortab Mercodinone Norco Norgan Novahistex Orthoxycol Panacet Symtan Synkonin Vicodin Xodol Zydone

...anything I'm missing?

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