Hydrocodone and acetaminophen are the generic drug names in this combination medication. Lortab® and Vicodin® are brand names. There are many other brand names for this medication. Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol® and many be found in many other products.
How Do I Take This Medication?
The combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen comes as a tablet, capsule, or liquid. Take the tablet or capsule with a full glass of water. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not use more medicine than your doctor tells you.
Why Am I Taking This Medication?
This medication relieves moderate to moderately severe pain.
How Does It Work?
Hydrocodone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics and in a class of medications called antitussives. Hydrocodone relieves pain by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. Acetaminophen relieves fever and pain and it is not an opioid.