Is Vicodin an Opiate?
When discussing Vicodin (a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen), there can be confusion as to what drug classification it falls under. People often wonder if Vicodin is an opiate or an opioid? These terms are often used interchangeably and erroneously.
To best understand how Vicodin is classified, it is helpful to first define what each of these terms means to understand the differences between the two.
Pain is relieved when the hydrocodone acts on the central nervous system while acetaminophen further decreases pain and reduces fever. It is most commonly prescribed for relieving pain that stems from injuries or surgery.
Vicodin is manufactured in various formula strengths:
- 5 milligrams of hydrocodone with 300 milligrams of acetaminophen
- 7.5 milligrams of hydrocodone with 300 milligrams of acetaminophen
- 10 milligrams of hydrocodone with 300 milligrams of acetaminophen
Vicodin is most commonly prescribed for relieving pain due to injury or surgery. Vicodin addiction and dependence can occur after using it to manage pain over long lengths of time. Additionally, some people misuse Vicodin in an attempt to elicit effects like those felt when using other opioids, such as morphine, heroin or codeine.
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