Why Was Vicodin Reformulated?


One of the most popular prescription drugs in the previous decade for painkilling is Vicodin. It was featured in the TV series House, where the eponymous main character Dr. Gregory House uses the medicine to deal with the pain in his leg.

However, in 2009, an advisory panel in the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration recommended that Vicodin and a similar drug, Percocet, be banned and taken off the market. If this had pushed through, then Vicodin would no longer be available from any pharmacy in Seminole or any city in the United States, in general.

What happened, however, is that the FDA asked manufacturers of Vicodin and Percocet to lower the amount of acetaminophen in the compounding of their medicine. The FDA made this decision because of the observed toxicity of the acetaminophen component in the mix. In other words, acetaminophen has been observed to be very toxic to the liver, with life-threatening effects.

The order also caused Vicodin or hydrocodone/acetaminophen to become a generic product. However, it is still prescription-only because of the opioid component of the medicine, which can have drastic and addictive effects on the user.

You can buy hydrocodone/acetaminophen as a lower-cost, generic medicine from a low-cost pharmacy in Seminole County, but you’d still need a prescription in order to do so.

Call us now at Longwood Pharmacy for your medicine needs. We’re also a compounding pharmacy in Seminole, which means you can contact us if you need personalized medicine to suit your individual needs.

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