7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Pain MedicationOften people only know their pain medication by its brand name – like Vicodin or Percocet. All they care about is whether or not it relieves their pain. But knowing what is in those drugs can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
What's in your medication?
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Many pain medications contain both an opioid (like hydrocodone or oxycodone) and acetaminophen (commonly known by its brand name Tylenol). The purpose of combining acetaminophen with an opioid analgesic is to increase the effectiveness of the opioid.