What is the difference between Hydrocodone and Hydrocodone Bitartrate?
There is no difference.
It's a pain killer and cough suppressant used in medications like Vicodin. "Hydrocodone" is a "semi-synthetic" or partially man-made opiod analgesic (pain killer) and antitussive (cough suppressant) made from codeine and thebaine. "Bitartrate" is a salt of tartaric acid. Tartaric acid is a muscle toxin but in medications that include Hydrocodone Bitartrate, it is used to alter the water-solubility of Hydrocodone to make it more readily absorbed b the body. Hydrocodone Bitartrate is the generic…
When "hydrocodone" is in a medication, it is most often in the form of hydrocodone bitartrate-- it is just usually referred to as simply "hydrocodone", so they are the same thing. Much like morphine sulfate is generally just referred to as "morphine" and codeine phosphate as "codeine"... they are the most common forms (salts) of each narcotic painkiller.
The only difference between Zydone and Vicodin is the amount of acetaminophen contained in each product. They both contain hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Vicodin 5mg hydrocodone + 500mg acetaminophen Vicodin ES 7.5mg hydrocodone + 750mg acetaminophen Vicodin HP 10mg hydrocodone + 660mg acetaminophen Zydone 5mg hydrocodone + 400mg acetaminophen Zydone 7.5mg hydrocodone + 400mg acetaminophen Zydone 10mg hydrocodone + 400mg acetaminophen