A hydrocodone/APAP 5-500 tab is a combination of acetaminophen, a non-narcotic pain reliever, and hydrocodone, a semi-synthetic narcotic analgesic. Collectively, the dual medications within each hydrocodone/APAP 5-500 tab work together to provide temporary bodily pain relief.
The hydrocodone in this medication is potentially addictive, and the acetaminophen in the pills has the potential to cause severe liver damage when taken in excess. This is why the United States Food and Drug Administration lists hydrocodone/APAP 5-500 tabs as controlled substances that have the potential to cause death when taken in excess or without direct medical supervision. They are only available through a prescription written by a licensed physician.
During supervised medical treatment utilizing hydrocodone/APAP 5-500 tabs, individuals are advised to drink six to eight 8-oz. glasses of water throughout the day to avoid experiencing constipation. Other side effects of this medication include nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, ringing in the ears, confusion, fear and blurred vision.
Individuals who take other types of prescription medications -- including antidepressants, urinary or bladder medications, irritable bowel medications or MAO inhibitors -- need to consult their physicians before taking hydrocodone/APAP 5-500 tabs. Patients taking this medication also must speak to their doctors about any over-the-counter medicines or herbal supplements they may be taking that could have potential negative interactions with the drug.