Vicodin is a prescription medicine that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol), and is frequently prescribed for pain resulting from oral surgery or broken bones. Like heroin and Oxycontin, the hydrocodone in Vicodin is an opiate. Opiates are derived from the sap of the opium poppy [Papaver somniferum] and depress the central nervous system and relieve pain. Vicodin is a very commonly prescribed medication and is thus much easier to obtain than many other opiates. Vicodin abuse and Vicodin addiction may occur after an individual is prescribed the drug legitimately as they begin to use the drug more frequently or in higher dosages.
Vicodin users will eventually develop tolerance to the drug; in other words, they will need to take larger doses (as much as 20 times the original dose) more often in order to achieve the same results. Additionally, frequent use of Vicodin is associated with physical withdrawal symptoms– such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bone pain, and cold sweats – when the drug is stopped. These symptoms can begin as soon as 6 hours after the last dose and are extremely unpleasant. For this reason, we recommend that addicts undergo a medically supervised Vicodin detox process instead of simply trying to quit on their own.
Vicodin abuse can lead to serious health consequences if the addict does not get help. A small but significant number of Vicodin addicts have experienced permanent deafness. Like all opiates, vicodin can also cause severe cases of constipation that require medical intervention to resolve.
If you are concerned that a friend, loved one, or co-worker may be addicted to Vicodin, call eDrug Rehab today at the phone number provided on the “contact us” to discuss the possibility of setting up a Vicodin Intervention.
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