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Zydone is used primarily for short-term pain associated with injury or certain medical procedures. It is not approved for long-term use or for mild pain, since more appropriate drugs are available for those uses. Off-label Zydone uses have included the treatment of coughing or insomnia. However, again, more appropriate drugs are available for such conditions.
Uses for Zydone: An OverviewZydone® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription medication. It is one of many different hydrocodone/APAP medications currently available.
Zydone is approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It is not appropriate for severe pain, since stronger medications are usually necessary, or for mild pain, since non-narcotic medications are usually sufficient.
It is typically used to treat short-term pain due to an injury, surgery, or dental procedure. Occasionally, the drug is used to treat chronic pain, migraines, or other types of recurring, long-term conditions that cause pain. Zydone is often used (or rather, abused) inappropriately, as it contains a narcotic medication.
How Does Zydone Work?Zydone contains two different medications: acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate. Acetaminophen ("APAP") is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol®. APAP is an acronym for one of the chemical names of acetaminophen.
Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever that is similar to codeine. It is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, but also causes drowsiness, mood changes, and mental "clouding." In the United States, hydrocodone is only available in combination with other medications; it is not available alone. Combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen helps improve Zydone's effectiveness at relieving pain.