Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Common Brands Actos
Drug Class
Thiazolidinedione
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Availability
Prescription only
Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD
Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023

Overview

Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen , an opioid analgesic, is synthesized from codeine, one of the opium alkaloids. Primarily used for pain relief, it’s effective in treating moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone operates by attaching to specific receptors in the brain and spinal cord, altering the way the body perceives and responds to pain.

 It’s often combined with other ingredients, such as acetaminophen, to enhance its effectiveness. Hydrocodone’s potency and potential for dependency make it a controlled substance in many countries, requiring a doctor’s prescription for legal use.

DRUG STATUS

Availability

Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy