Hydrocodone is a strong opioid painkiller. It is mainly prescribed in proprietary combinations with milder ingredients, typically with ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Different types of hydrocodone-based medications are prescribed for different uses. For example, pills are intended to reduce moderate to severe pain. Syrups are used to treat coughs, colds, and allergies.
One of the main reasons why health care providers mix this substance with others is hydrocodone’s addictive properties. Like most opiates, it can provoke a chemical dependency in the user’s brain. The risk of addiction is higher when the user takes pure hydrocodone (Zohydro ER and Hysingla ER), is prescribed a higher dosage, or takes the medication for a long time. Also, mixes and blends tend to produce fewer, or at least weaker, by-effects.
To avoid potential risks, take your medicine as prescribed.
AddictionResource authors say that medication adherence is important for managing ongoing pain, treat temporary conditions, and overall long-term health and well-being.
Hydrocodone is available in various preparations. Troubles with identification are not uncommon. To make sure that you are taking the right medicine and the dose is proper, use our infographic. Compare your pill or a bottle of syrup to the images with the information on hydrocodone medications.