hydrocodone and ibuprofen, Vicoprofen

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GENERIC NAME: hydrocodone and ibuprofen

BRAND NAME: Vicoprofen

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Vicoprofen is a combination of an opioid analgesic (hydrocodone bitartrate, a pain reliever related to narcotics) and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (ibuprofen). Both medications are effective for pain management. It is estimated that one tablet of Vicoprofen is as effective as two tablets of Tylenol #3 (acetaminophen 300 mg plus codeine 30 mg). Vicoprofen was approved by the FDA in 1997.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: hydrocodone bitartrate 7.5 mg and ibuprofen 200 mg.

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature between 15-30 C (59-86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Vicoprofen is used for the short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain.

DOSING: The usual dose of Vicoprofen is one tablet every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. The manufacturer recommends a maximum of 5 tablets per day and a short-term duration of treatment (less than 10 days).

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Hydrocodone, like other narcotic pain-relievers, interacts with medications and drugs that slow the brain's processes, such as alcohol, barbiturates, skeletal muscle relaxants including carisoprodol (Soma), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), and benzodiazepines (for example, lorazepam [Ativan], and clonazepam [Klonopin]).




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