Pills Marked 2172 – An Opioid Plus An Analgesic

Dr. Brittany Ferri PhD

This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Brittany Ferri PhD
Written by Drew Davis

A 2172 medication is a tablet with these numbers imprinted on them. It is a combination prescription painkiller containing hydrocodone and the non-opioid analgesic acetaminophen.

Actavis Pharma is the manufacturer. It treats moderate to severe pain. Each tablet contains 5 milligrams (mg) of hydrocodone and 325 mg of acetaminophen.

Hydrocodone is an opioid (like morphine and heroin) that connects to proteins in the brain and spinal cord. These proteins are opioid receptors, altering the body’s physical and emotional response to pain.

Acetaminophen, most commonly sold as the over-the-counter brand name Tylenol, is effective for mild pain resulting from body aches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, headaches, and other physical ailments. It can also help reduce fever.

There are several recognizable brand names for this same medication, including:

● Vicodin
● Lortab
● Liquicet
● Norco

When taken as prescribed, this tablet is considered safe for short-term use. Pregnant women and children under the age of 6 should not take this medication due to potential side effects. There may be other concerns related to accepting it, so speak with your doctor first.

This pill is a Schedule II narcotic under the Controlled Substance Act. For this reason, it is only available by prescription despite its use as a generic narcotic pain reliever. This medication should not be taken with other substances, such as alcohol, because this increases the likelihood of dangerous side effects.

This drug can be habit-forming if it is misused or taken for too long. There is a strong potential for addiction with any opioids because they numb the body’s ability to feel pain and cause feelings of euphoria. These effects are significant when opioids are in combination with other substances such as alcohol.

It is easy for someone to get addicted to opioids because the body builds a tolerance to the medication very quickly. As a result, someone taking opioids may be more likely to increase their dosage to achieve the same pain-relieving or euphoric effects. It then leads to a cycle of overuse and addiction.

Someone dependent on it may demonstrate some of the following responses:

● Scheduling activities around when they take it
● Being fearful of stopping or lowering their medication use
● Taking the drug even when they no longer have a medical need
● Lying to doctors or healthcare providers to get more

After just several weeks, someone taking opioids may develop a physical addiction to them. This dependence can make it even more challenging to stop taking drugs like hydrocodone.

Someone who stops taking this medication after an extended period is more likely to experience acute symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal from opioids is not usually life-threatening, but it is very unpleasant and can even be painful. Many people continue to take opioids due to fear of these withdrawal symptoms.

If addiction does develop, it’s best for someone to ease off the medication under the care of a physician. Quitting opioids suddenly, also called “cold turkey,” may result in any of the following withdrawal symptoms:

● Nausea and vomiting
● Severe fatigue
● Cold, clammy skin
● Headaches
● Dizziness
● Shallow or slow breathing
● Blurred vision
● Confusion
● Ringing ears
● Potential seizures
● Anxiety
● Depression or suicidal ideation

This drug is an opioid and acetaminophen blend which is helpful for the short-term management of acute pain. This generic medication is considered a narcotic and requires a prescription. Since this drug has an opioid as an active ingredient, using it should be done under the direction of a qualified physician. Individuals who do not take this medication as instructed are at risk of developing an opioid dependence or worse.