Vicodin

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Description

Vicodin consists of two anesthetics: acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain killer, sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less powerful pain medication that enhances the effect of hydrocodone.
Vicodin is used for the treatment of any kind of pain- from moderate to acute. It is used not only as a pain killer, but also for the treatment of different diseases. If you are experiencing excruciating pain and can’t stand it, this drug is for you.

Necessary information

Don’t mix this drug with alcohol, as it can enhance the risk of liver dysfunction.
Don’t combine the medicine with MAO inhibitors. Wait at least two weeks until the effect of the latter has disappeared.
Typical withdrawal symptoms are: sickness, head cold, vomiting, tearing and muscle pain. That’s why the doctors prescribe the individual Vicodin dosage depending on your health condition.
The prolonged use of the drug can be harmful. In this case, you should inform your doctor. The pill can lead to drug addiction.

Dosage

Anesthetics like Vicodin should be taken at the first signs of pain. If you experience the increase of pain, the drug may be useless. The dosage varies depending on the patient’s health condition and their reaction to the medicine.
For kids, the dosage depends on their age and body weight. Vicodin can cause some withdrawal symptoms (especially if you took it for a long time or in increased doses).
Take Vicodin pill according to your doctor’s prescription. Never change the dosage, as overdose of acetaminophen can cause liver dysfunction or even be fatal.

Adverse effects

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following diseases:

  • Liver and/or kidney dysfunction
  • Drug and/or alcohol addiction in history
  • Serious constipation
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea

Seek medical assistance immediately if you experience stomachache, sickness, change in the color of urine, itching and lack of appetite. In rare cases, acetaminophen can cause serious skin reaction.
If you notice blisters or peeled skin, inform your doctor to avoid any dangerous side effects.

Other contraindications

Despite being a perfect pain killer, Vicodin has some contraindications. Thus, some patients can be allergic to its active components.
Don’t take the medicine if you have recently taken anti-anxiety medications, tranquilizers or other narcotic drugs.