Vicodin is a commercial, prescription form of Hydrocodone. It comes in a white tablet form with the name Vicodin imprinted on its side. Vicodin is painkiller, designed to relieve severe pain. This type of pain normally occurs after surgery or an serious injury. Vicodin is a schedule III drug because it is highly psychologically addictive, and also moderately physically addictive.
Vicodin cannot be combine with many substances, including alcohol. The combination of the drowsiness and sedation produced by both drugs can cause unconsciousness and even death. Vicodin can also make an alcohol problem worse. Vicodin can also have adverse affects on unborn children. There is always a risk of overdose with Vicodin use. Vicodin depresses the central nervous system. It creates a euphoria and a drowsiness simultaneously. Individuals who use Vicodin sometimes describe its effects as peaceful and serene.
Vicodin addiction or dependence will occur when an individuals uses the drug beyond what has been recommended to them. Cravings for the drug will ensue shortly, and a person will begin to feel a need for the opiate in order to function normally. Vicodin withdrawal includes vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, pain and restlessness.
What is the most important information I should know about Vicodin?
- Hydrocodone / Vicodin is habit forming. It is possible become physically and/or psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if Vicodin is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.
- Avoid alcohol while taking Vicodin. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by the medication, possibly resulting in unconsciousness and death. Also, acetaminophen can be damaging to the liver when taken with alcohol.
- Vicodin may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if Vicodin is taken with any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
- Vicodin may cause constipation. Drink plenty of water (six to eight full glasses a day) to lessen this side effect. Increased fiber in the diet may also help to alleviate constipation.
What is Vicodin?
- Hydrocodone / Vicodin (related to codeine) is in a class of drugs called narcotic analgesics. It relieves pain.
- Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.
- Together, Vicodin is used to relieve moderate-to-severe pain.
- Vicodin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
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