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Hydrocodone is an opioid (morphine-like) medication. It is an active ingredient in several hundred different prescription drugs used for treating pain and relieving coughing. These medicines are believed to work by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Hydrocodone products come in tablet, capsule, or liquid form, and are typically taken every four hours as needed for pain.
There is a lot of information that you should be aware of before using a narcotic such as hydrocodone. Drug information should be discussed with your healthcare provider beforehand to help minimize any risks. It is important to know that hydrocodone has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. Because it can be a desirable drug of abuse, people often try to buy hydrocodone through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription.
(Click Hydrocodone for more hydrocodone drug information, including information about the medication's effects, potential side effects, and warnings.)
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