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What is hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is available only in combination with other drugs. Hydrocodone is classified as both an opiate analgesic (for pain) and an antitussive (for cough). It changes the way your central nervous system responds to pain to relieve it. It relieves cough by decreasing brain activity in the part of the brain responsible for coughing.  Hydrocodone combinations come in liquid, capsule and tablet forms; regular and extended-release. The regular forms of hydrocodone combinations are usually taken every four to six hours as necessary. The extended-release version may be taken every 12 hours. Hydrocodone is an active ingredient in many products. Brand names for hydrocodone combination products include:      

  • Dolorex
  • Anexsia
  • Hycet
  • Liquicet
  • Lorcet
  • Lortab
  • Norco
  • Maxidone
  • Vicodin
  • Xodol
  • Zydone
  • Stagesic
  • Polygesic       

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