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The 2172 pill is s a generic, prescription medication used for managing moderate to severe pain. It is classified as a narcotic analgesic. This prescription-only, opioid medication is a Schedule II controlled substances under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, due to its high potential for misuse and addiction. Proper use can provide significant relief for those struggling with moderate to severe pain, but it is not without its risks. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting or stopping this or any medication.
They are easily recognizable by their physical attributes. It is white in color, oval in shape, and approximately 14 mm in size. Each is distinctively marked with its number on one side and features a crease on the other side for ease of splitting it in half.
|Hydrocodone bitartrate 5 mg, Acetaminophen 325 mg
|Management of moderate to severe pain
|Asthma; opioid or acetaminophen sensitivity
|Dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, rash, mental fog, Constipation, dry mouth
|Numbers on one side, center crease on the other side
|Schedule II controlled substance
|Refer to package insert
|Dark, cool environment
|Potential risk to the fetus
The specific conditions it might be used for include:
- Post-operative: Following surgeries or procedures, particularly if the pain is expected to be temporary and intense.
- Injury: This can include fractures, burns, sprains, or other traumatic injuries.
- Chronic conditions: It can be used for conditions like osteoarthritis or back pain, though it is generally used short-term and other non-opioid management strategies are often preferred due to concerns about long-term opioid use.
- Cancer: In some instances, it may be used to manage pain associated with cancer or cancer treatment.
- Serious illness: It can be used for significant, severe pain arising from various diseases.
- Dental: In some cases, it may be used to manage severe dental agony, such as pain after dental surgery.
It carries several warnings and is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to hydrocodone or acetaminophen, and in individuals with significant respiratory depression or acute or severe bronchial asthma. Pregnant individuals should be informed about the potential risk to the fetus, as opioid use may cause neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome.
Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines, this drug may cause side effects in some individuals. Common adverse reactions include dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and drowsiness. Less commonly, users may experience allergic reactions, slowed breathing, irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes, abdominal discomfort, difficulty urinating, or signs of adrenal gland disorder.
Acetaminophen, when taken in high doses, can cause severe liver damage, potentially requiring liver transplantation or leading to death. Signs of liver disease include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, abdominal problems, and yellowing of the skin or eyes.
It is a Schedule II controlled substance, indicating a high potential for addiction and abuse. Long-term consumption can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, and sweating may appear when the drug is abruptly discontinued.
Overdosing can be life-threatening, particularly due to the acetaminophen component which can cause severe liver damage at high doses. Symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, slow breathing, coma, nausea, vomiting, and general discomfort.
They should be stored in a cool, dark environment to maintain its efficacy. It is packaged in a bottle, allowing for secure and easy access.
Leftover or expired tablets should be properly disposed of to prevent accidental ingestion, misuse, or harm to the environment. Consumers are encouraged to participate in drug take-back programs if available. If no such program exists, they should be mixed with an unpalatable substance and disposed of in the household trash in a sealed plastic bag.