Is Vicodin an Opiate?
When discussing Vicodin (hydrocodone), there can be confusion as to what drug classification it falls under. People often ask: is it 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 see what the differences are between the two.
Pain is relieved when the hydrocodone acts on the central nervous system while acetaminophen further manages pain and reduces fever. It is most commonly prescribed for relieving pain that stems from injuries or surgery.
Vicodin is manufactured in two formula strengths -five milligrams of hydrocodone and 325 milligrams of acetaminophen or ten milligrams of hydrocodone and 660 milligrams of acetaminophen. It is most commonly prescribed for relieving pain that stems from injuries or surgery. Vicodin addiction and dependence can occur after using it to manage pain over long lengths of time. Additionally, some people misuse the opioid Vicodin in an attempt to elicit effects like those felt when using other opioids, such as morphine, heroin or codeine.
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