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Vicodin Usage

“Hydrocodone acetaminophen” is the name of the controlled substance that is better known to everyone as Vicodin. Vicodin is simply a brand name, it is a narcotic that is used to treat pain. It’s designated drug class is a: pain reliever and an analgesic it is a highly addictive drug.

Vicodin is a prescription pain reliever that is used to relieve severe pain. It is a synthetic opioid, which consequently activates the same neuro-receptors as opiate like heroin does. The DEA has classified it as a Schedule II controlled substance. Vicodin is available in the following dosage forms: solution, tablet, and in elixir.

What Does it Do?

Vicodin is prescribed as a pain reliever and an analgesic by a doctor’s prescription. Hydrocodone can slow or even stop your breathing.

The Effects of Vicodin on the Body:

A negative implication of Vicodin abuse is liver damage or failure due to the acetaminophen in the drug. The effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Relaxed and calm feeling
  • Euphoria
  • Lightheadedness
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Depressed heart rate
  • Depressed breathing rate
  • Aches and cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Depression

Symptoms of Vicodin Dependence:

It is important that it not be taken in combination with other substances. Especially mixed with alcohol or to taken in high doses as it may causes respiratory distress and even death. Vicodin is at a high risk for addiction and dependence abuse. Vicodin dependence can lead to addiction.

  • Taking in large amounts or for longer than what was perscribed
  • Wanting to cut down or stop using of the substance but not being able to
  • Spending a lot of time using or recovering from the use of the substance
  • Cravings and urges to use
  • Not being able to focus on daily activities
  • Continuing to use Vicodin, even when it causes problems in relationships
  • Bailing on important social or recreational activities due to drug usage
  • Continuing to use, even when it endangers your life
  • Continuing to use even when you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by continuing
  • Needing more of the substance to get the desired effects you want
  • Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more drugs

For more information about Vicodin usage, dependence, and its effects, follow the link.

Treatments are varied but we offer customized inpatient or outpatient treatments and detox plans. For more information, follow the link to our website Embracia Health. It is important to keep in mind what the symptoms of an overdose are, they include the following:

  • Narrowed or widened pupils
  • Slow, shallow, or stopped breathing
  • Slowed or stopped heartbeat
  • Cold, clammy, or blue skin
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Seizures
  • Death

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