Hydrocodone Medication for Pain
Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic medicine available by prescription. Although most healthcare providers recommend hydrocodone medication for pain, the drug can be used as a cough suppressant as well.
Hydrocodone acts similarly to codeine. It is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, but also causes drowsiness, mood changes, and mental "clouding." It is thought that opioid pain relievers (such as hydrocodone) work by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
This medication comes in tablet, capsule, or liquid form. It is often prescribed on an "as needed" basis, which means you do not need to take a dose if you do not feel pain. If you forget to take a dose of hydrocodone and notice significant pain, take your missed dose right away. However, make sure to wait the recommended time before the next dose.
(Click Hydrocodone to learn more about the effects of hydrocodone medication for pain, to find out what side effects may occur with this drug, and for warnings and precautions associated with the use of narcotics.)