Vicodin 5-500 mg is a prescription pain reliever that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen drugs. Hydrocodone interacts with the opioid receptors in an individual’s brain and blocks pain perception, while acetaminophen promotes the effects of hydrocodone. Vicodin is prescribed by doctors to treat mild to severe pain, including chronic pain. However, it is classified as a Schedule III drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration due to its potential for physical and psychological dependence.
The recommended dose of Vicodin is 1 to 2 tablets containing 5 mg of hydrocodone and 500 mg of acetaminophen every 4 to 6 hours for adults, with a maximum daily dose of 8 tablets. The step-up dose contains 7.5 mg of hydrocodone and 750 mg of acetaminophen and should not exceed 6 tablets per day. The highest dose contains 10 mg of hydrocodone and 300 mg of acetaminophen, with a maximum limit of 6 tablets per day.
Effects of Vicodin 5-500 mg
Vicodin 5-500 mg tablets are intended to relieve extreme chronic or acute pain that other drugs and opioids cannot manage. Hydrocodone works as a pain reliever and cough suppressant, but it can be habit-forming and increase the risk of addiction when misused or abused. Addiction can begin with a normal prescription and lead to substance use disorder, even when taken as prescribed.
Products Similar to Vicodin 5-500 mg
Other brand names for medicines that contain hydrocodone and acetaminophen mixture include Lortab, Lorcet-HD, Hycodan, Tussionex, Vicoprofen, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Vituz, Xodol, Zolvit, Zutipro, and Zydone. Norco Tablets, Percocet Tablets, Tramadol Tablets, Oxycodone Tablets, and Lortab Pills are also prescribed as replacements for Vicodin.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Vicodin 5-500 mg should not be taken with alcohol or benzodiazepines due to adverse interactions. It should also not be mixed with drugs that affect neurotransmitters in the brain, such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, and tricyclic antidepressants. Combining Vicodin with other addictive drugs for recreational purposes can be dangerous and increase the risk of drug overdose.