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Vicodin

Sounds Like: VIE.ko.din

Classification: Opioid

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: Schedule II

Other names for Vicodin

  • Hydrocodone/paracetamol
  • Hydrocodone/acetaminophen
  • Adol
  • Hycet
  • Lortab
  • Norco

Vicodin Addiction

Vicodin is deceptively addictive inasmuch as many don’t think they’re getting addicted as they’re using. That’s why, as of 2019, over 5 million people of ages 12 and up had misused hydrocodone products within the past year according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Prolonged use creates an almost imperceptible tolerance for the medicine, which is how it creates dependency gradually.

As tolerance increases, withdrawal symptoms intensify between uses. Each high subsides a little sooner than the last, and at the end of each high, there’s an increasing risk of withdrawal experience if one doesn’t use again soon enough. Those withdrawal symptoms are not only getting more intense but also waiting for when the user runs out of medicine. When Vicodin’s no longer available, many users find it unbearable to endure withdrawal because its intensity has been accumulating as their use has been increasing in frequency due to growing tolerance.

The intensity of those symptoms can last hours if not days after the last time a person used.

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Intended Use of Vicodin

Vicodin is an opioid generally prescribed to relieve fairly intense pain. Such prescriptions are typically doled at after something like surgery or, perhaps, labor and delivery. Physicians intend that the drug be used for a very short period of time. According to S. Monty Ghosh, M.D., assistant clinical professor at the University of Alberta, “There is limited evidence that opioids are useful for chronic pain, and once a physician cuts off a prescription, patients with escalating Vicodin use often turn to the streets to get drugs.”

How Vicodin Is Taken

Vicodin is taken in the form of a tablet. Users swallow the pill to ingest it. There are virtually no other commonly used routes of administrating the drug to a patient.

Side Effects of
Vicodin

  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Euphoria
  • Sedation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Mood changes
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Lethargy
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Incontinence
  • Rash
  • Hearing impairment

Signs of an
Addiction to Vicodin

Inability or unwillingness to stick to prescribed usage guidelines

Craving prescription refills

Use of Vicodin without first feeling pain return

Vicodin
Abuse Facts

In 2019, Vicodin was was the 15th most commonly prescribed medication in the United States with over 30 million prescriptions written.

There’s no market for Vicodin in the United Kingdom; however, the similar combination of codeine and paracetamol is sold there as codamol.