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hydrocodone bitartrate / ibuprofen (vicoprofen)

available over the counter: no

uses: short term relief of acute pain

mechanism of action: hydrocodone blocks pain at spinal cord and brain; ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication which interferes with the formation of prostaglandins (cause inflammation and pain)

side effects

  • common: headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, upset stomach, drowsiness, constipation
  • less common: abdominal pain, weakenss, insomnia, nervousness, diarrhea, flatulence, dry mouth.

concerns: discontinue well in advance of surgery, as the medication will prolong bleeding


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