Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. Thus, an opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. However, Vicodin tablets are used for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.
Hence, Vicodin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.