Vicoprofen contains a combination of hydrocodone and ibuprofen. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation.
Vicoprofen is used short-term to relieve severe pain.
Vicoprofen is not for treating arthritis pain.
Taking Vicoprofen during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Hydrocodone can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. MISUSE OF VICOPROFEN CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use Vicoprofen with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Ibuprofen can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Do not use Vicoprofen just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Ibuprofen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using ibuprofen, especially in older adults.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Vicoprofen if you are allergic to hydrocodone or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or if you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID. Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Ibuprofen can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors could have a stroke or heart attack while taking Vicoprofen.
Ibuprofen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using Vicoprofen, especially in older adults.
To make sure Vicoprofen is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- heart disease, high blood pressure, fluid retention, diabetes, or if you smoke;
- stomach ulcers, or bleeding in your stomach or intestines;
- asthma or other breathing problems;
- liver or kidney disease;
- a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
- a problem with your gallbladder, pancreas, thyroid, or adrenal gland;
- urination problems;
- drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness; or
- if you use a sedative like Valium (diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Versed, Xanax, and others).