Acetaminophen vs. NSAIDs (Ibuprofen); Side Effects & Overdose

Opioid Vs. Acetaminophen use in pain management

Hydrocodone is one of the most used opioid analgesics in the treatment of severe acute pain. It is also used in chronic pain management of a few diseases where there is a low risk of drug dependency. Although Acetaminophen has the safest profile in all pain-relieving drugs, it is not a premium choice when the patient is in severe pain. As mentioned above, Acetaminophen only works for mild to moderate pain. For severe and intolerable pains, opioid analgesics remain the only choice for both the doctors and the patients.

Hydrocodone is one of the most widely used drugs among opioid analgesics within clinical settings. Hydrocodone is less potent of an analgesic s compared to morphine and has a relative analgesic activity of 0.59. The drug has the ability to induce pain-relieving effects within one hour. Due to its short onset of action, the drug is widely used among the patients of the Emergency department. Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen are now also available as combination drugs. The famous combination has proven to be very successful in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone controls the pain sensation, while Acetaminophen controls fever, so the combination works best in all severely injured patients.

Written by Martin Davis