Vicodin is a combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Hydrocodone belongs to a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. What is Vicodin used for? It is for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen enhances the pain-relieving qualities of the Hydrocodone.
Opioid drugs can be habit forming, both physically and psychologically. If this drug is taken over an extended period, one may experience withdrawal syndrome. Take this medication under the close supervision of a healthcare professional. Vicodin is a commonly prescribed opiate painkiller made up of hydrocodone and paracetamol, which is acetaminophen.
Similar drugs are:
Some of these are made up of a combination of hydrocodone and ibuprofen or aspirin. Adding paracetamol to the formula increases the pain-relieving effects of hydrocodone but also discourages abuse. Ingesting too much paracetamol can have life-threatening or fatal consequences.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency regulates drugs, classifying them in a schedule according to their potential for dependence and abuse. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 puts the federal government in charge of enforcing drug laws concerning manufacturing, importing, possession and distribution.
Federal and state entities are responsible for punishing those who break laws concerning drugs. Vicodin is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance in the U.S. According to the U.S. government; the classification means Vicodin has the potential to cause physical or psychological dependence if abused.
What are Vicodin Side Effects?
Possible Side Effects:
Upset stomach, nausea, constipation, dizziness and dry mouth is among the most commonly reported side effects. Less common effects include:
- allergic reaction
- clammy skin
- extreme weakness
- decreased appetite
- hot flashes
- hearing loss
- decreased sex drive
- muscle twitches
- hearing loss
Because of the hydrocodone, Vicodin can also depress the central nervous system. Other side effects, which may attract some recreational users, include extreme relaxation, euphoria, and drowsiness. Taking more than 4 grams of acetaminophen in a day can cause severe liver damage or failure.
Taken as prescribed, Vicodin is useful in the treatment of pain. Prolonged use can cause patients to develop a tolerance which requires them to take more and more to stop the pain. A tell-tale sign of dependence is an intense craving for the drug. Once addicted, withdrawal symptoms can set in, and they may include:
- muscle and bone pain
- Other flu-like symptoms
- involuntary leg movements
Overdosing on Vicodin or other opiates can be fatal. Kicking an addiction to drugs can be difficult. Many users delay treatment because of a fear of withdrawal. Numerous treatment options are available on an in-patient or out-patient basis. They include hospital-based detoxification, rehabilitation, faith or therapy-based programs and rapid drug detox. Waismann Method offers opiate treatment for Vicodin addiction through medical detox and rapid anesthesia detox.
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