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If you have mild-to-moderate pain, a healthcare provider may prescribe acetaminophen and pentazocine. This drug is used for relieving pain due to various causes, such as after a surgery or to treat chronic cancer pain. It does contain a narcotic drug and has a potential for abuse. Acetaminophen and pentazocine is approved for use in adults and children as young as 12 years old.
An Overview of Uses for Acetaminophen and Pentazocine
Acetaminophen and pentazocine (Talacen®) is a prescription medication approved to relieve mild-to-moderate pain. It may be prescribed to treat pain that results from a variety of causes, including short-term pain due to injury or surgery, or recurring, chronic pain, such as pain from cancer. Acetaminophen and pentazocine is an oral pain reliever, which means it is taken by mouth.
Acetaminophen and pentazocine contains two active ingredients. Pentazocine, one of the active components, is an opioid narcotic pain medication. According to the manufacturer, when this drug is taken by mouth, 25 mg of pentazocine is as strong as 25 mg of codeine for relieving pain. Acetaminophen, the other active component, is a non-narcotic pain reliever and fever reducer found in a number of prescription and nonprescription pain medicines, as well as many cough and cold products.
Acetaminophen and pentazocine is not the only prescription medicine containing pentazocine. Pentazocine is also an active ingredient in Talwin® (pentazocine lactate), an injectable pain medicine, and Talwin® Nx (pentazocine/naloxone), an oral medication that combines pentazocine with naloxone (Narcan®). These other pentazocine-containing products contain a higher amount of pentazocine and are approved for treating moderate-to-severe pain.
Like other narcotic medications, acetaminophen and pentazocine has the potential for abuse. Because of this abuse potential, it is classified as a controlled substance. Controlled substances are medications that are highly controlled under strict laws and regulations associated with their sale and use.
Acetaminophen and pentazocine is specifically classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance. Schedule IV controlled substances are considered to have less abuse potential than Schedule II (i.e., morphine) and III (i.e., hydrocodone/APAP) controlled substances.
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