Vicodin is a drug that is used by doctors as a pain killer. It is a combination drug, a mixture of hydrocodone and aciteminophin. It is used to bring relief in cases of severe pain. TH drug targets the pain receptors in the nervous system and suppresses them, dulling the senses. However, the drug is also highly addictive.
Vicodin contains 5 milligram of hydrocodone and 325 milligrams of acetaminophen or as much as 10 milligrams of hydrocodone and 660 milligrams of acetaminophen. Hydrocodone can be labelled as the actively addictive ingredient of the pill whereas acetaminophen causes severe damage to the liver especially in the case of high dosage, 2 grams in this case can be considered as a high dosage. In this regard a person who is taking an overdose than the recommended one is not only adding to the possible risk of addiction to the opiate hydrocodone but also to liver failure and even liver damage.
When it comes to the prescription drugs, many people just begin their journey towards addiction by accident. They may experience some kind of pain or injury and get a prescribed drug but as they start to build up on tolerance to that specific drug they require more and more of that drug to keep themselves away from that pain and for that purpose they may unknowingly exceed the amount of drug the doctor willingly prescribed and they get started towards drug illicity.
Once the user takes the drug, it represses the pain receptors located within the nervous system. Therefore, the user begins to feel the pain dull. Other effects are also brought about. The coughing reflex is also dimmed and the user feels euphoria. The drug relaxes the body and leaves the user feeling calm and peaceful.
Vicodin has a number of side effects that are not very harmful and remain temporary as long the drug is taken within prescription. Nausea, constipation, slowed metabolism, and dizziness is all common side effects seen. The drug also causes confusion and impaired judgment, causing users to become prone to rash actions.
The negative effects of Vicodin slowly become apparent with prolonged abuse. Since the drug effects the nerves, it also activates the reward system of the body. Hence, the user only focuses on the good feeling it gives them, while ignoring the negative effects until it’s too late. Vicodin can cause organ failure, such a slivers and kidneys, and can cause other medical issues such as jaundice and urinary problems. As the drug decreases heart rate and breathing rate, it can also cause heart attacks and strokes.
Overuse, tolerance for the drug increases. Even patients sticking to the prescribed dose develop tolerance from the drug. The user has to increase the intake of the drug and runs the risk of over dose. An overdose of Vicodin produces nausea, seizures, and fatigue. It brings about a slowed pulse and leads to respiratory arrest. The user can then enter coma, and even die
The worst part about Vicodin is the withdrawal symptoms. The user experiences these within a slight gap between doses which increases the urge to take the medicine. Symptoms include pain in the muscles and bones, nausea, insomnia, and restlessness. TO help reduce these symptoms, addicts need to go through a detox and rehab program. After the rehabilitation is complete and the addiction has worn off, the user needs to attend group therapy sessions to avoid relapse and to rebuild their life
Despite the withdrawal symptoms it is still not a very difficult task to recover from the Vicodin addiction and make a regain towards life. The person facing recovery from addiction may no doubt dread with the withdrawal process from opiates. But it is possible to experience a tolerable withdrawal for the first time at the Narconon or the Alcohol rehabilitation center, and that even without the involvement of the administration of other drugs.