Vicodin Addiction and Abuse

In this Special Report, Siobhan Morse, the executive director of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies, discusses Vicodin Addiction and Abuse.

What is Vicodin?

Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone is in a group of drugs called opioid pain relievers. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.

Vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.


Vicodin Addiction and Abuse

What are the effects of Vicodin?

Hydrocodone is often prescribed for an individual following surgery, an injury, or for chronic pain.

A person using hydrocodone can feel sluggish while also experiencing such effects as anxiety, constrictive pupils, drowsiness, euphoria, inability to concentrate, lethargy and a sense of relaxation.

The effects of the drug can be felt almost immediately.

As the pill is not time released, those who have an addiction or abuse the drug often find themselves taking more and more of it to achieve the desired effect.

What is Vicodin addiction and abuse?

Hydrocodone is most often abused in the form of a pill taken orally or in combination with alcohol.

A person can develop a physical dependency on hydrocodone after taking it for only a few weeks.

It is also a highly psychologically addictive substance as it effects the users brain by stopping it from producing endorphins.

Over time, a hydrocodone abuser will find it more difficult to function without the drug.

What are the side effects of Vicodin?

The side effects of Vicodin include: anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, heartburn, increased sweating, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, stomach upset, trouble sleeping and vomiting.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin?

The withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin include: restlessness, muscle pain, bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, involuntary leg movements and flu-like symptoms.


Vicodin Addiction and Abuse

Vicodin Addiction and Abuse



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