A synthetically produced opioid used to alleviate minor to moderate pain that operates by stimulating the reward areas of the brain related to pain relief. There are several side effects related to the drug including headaches, rashes, constipation, increased heart rate, decreased libido, and lack of coordination. It was approved by the food and drug administration in 1950 and is often combined with acetaminophen and aspirin. It can be a highly addictive substance.


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