Facts About Vicodin

by admin on October 6, 2022

What Is Vicodin?

Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid similar to morphine. Acetaminophen contains paracetamol, a less potent pain killer that is used to enhance the effect of hydrocodone.

Does Vicodin Have Other Names?

Vicodin is generally referred to by its full name. Street-names include Vike, Watson 387 (the original imprint on the tablet).

What is Vicodins federal classification?

It is a schedule III controlled substance

What Is Vicodin Used For?

Vicodin is a prescription drug that is used to treat chronic moderate to severe pain, for instance pain associated with cancer, surgery, injury or other serious illness. It is not an as-needed pain reliever but is rather used as an uninterrupted pain killer prescribed for an extended amount of time.

How Does Vicodin Work?

Vicodin blocks pain by travelling along certain neurological pathways. It also increases the amount of dopamine which creates a feeling of euphoria which helps with alleviating the pain.

How Is Vicodin Abused?

Vicodin abusers take the drug for its euphoric rush, similar to that of heroin.

Does Taking Vicodin Have Side-Effects?

Taking hydrocodone may have side-effects, the most common and less serious ones are nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fuzzy thinking, anxiety, abnormally happy or sad, dry throat, difficulty urinating, rashes or itching and narrowing of the pupils.

More serious side-effects that require medical attention include respiratory depression; slowed breathing, difficulty in breathing or slow heartbeat, a condition which could potentially be fatal, and chest tightness.

Is It Possible To Be Allergic To Vicodin?

Yes. Hives, difficulty breathing, facial swelling or swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat could be possible allergic reactions. Vicodin should not be taken by persons allergic to narcotic medicines or narcotic cough medicines.

Can Vicodin Be Taken With Alcohol?

Vicodin should not be taken with alcohol. Alcohol in combination with acetaminophen may increase the risk of liver damage.

Is Taking Vicodin Addictive?

Taking Vicodin can result in psychological or physical dependence as well as tolerance to the drug. Addiction can be developed in as little as seven days.

In such case, if a user stops taking the drug withdrawal symptoms can be noticed after six to twelve hours. These symptoms include restlessness, muscle pain, bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, goose bumps, involuntary leg movements, watery eyes, runny nose loss of appetite, irritability, panic, nausea, chills, and sweating. Symptoms can be avoided by reducing the use gradually.

Is It Possible To Overdose On Vicodin?

Yes. An Vicodin overdose can be fatal. Deterioration of side-effects may be symptoms of an overdose.

Can Vicodin Be Taken During Pregnancy?

Detailed information on the effects of taking Vicodin during pregnancy is not available. But it may be harmful to an unborn baby, and could cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. A doctor should always be consulted if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Sources:

Medline Plus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601006.html#side-effects

Drug Abuse Help http://www.drugabusehelp.com/drugs/vicodin/

Vicodin Facts http://www.vicodinfacts.com/facts-about-vicodin/

Drugs Information Online http://www.drugs.com/pregnancy/acetaminophen-hydrocodone.html

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