Vicodin is made by combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen, and is used as a prescription painkiller. This is a powerful narcotic drug that can cause serious liver damage if used repeatedly in large doses. Some of the brand names for Vicodin are: Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Anexsia, Maxidone and Zydone.
Some of the side-effects of Vicodin include blurred vision, dizziness, lightheaded, and drowsiness. Prolonged use can cause liver damage , especially if taken with alcohol. Read more on the symptoms and effects of Vicodin.
If Vicodin seems to not be working on your pain as it did in the beginning, don’t take more of the drug without consulting your physician. Increasing the dosage could lead to dependency or addiction and also raises the risks for serious side-effects. If you are allergic to hydrocodone or acetaminophen you do not need to take Vicodin. Your doctor should be told if you have ever had any of the following conditions: kidney and liver disease, low or high blood pressure, history of alcohol or drug addiction, breathing disorders, asthma, sleep apnea, brain tumor, head injury, curvature in the spine, or mental problems.
As with any prescription medication, Vicodin carries the potential to become addictive if misused. When addiction occurs, professional treatment will be needed in order to ensure safe withdrawal. Some withdrawal symptoms experienced with Vicodin addiction can be severe and should be monitored by trained addiction specialists at A Forever Recovery, to avoid any complications during the detox period.
With most cases of advanced Vicodin addiction, the individual has experienced emotional disturbances, family dysfunction, loss of employment, and financial problems. Their life is in chaos, and they will need to learn how to rebuild and start over without drugs. At an inpatient rehabilitation facility, the addict will undergo group and individual counseling sessions, workshops, behavior modification training and family involvement meetings. These programs are aimed at teaching the addict more effective methods for dealing with daily life as a drug-free, contributing member of their family and community. Unless an addict completes successful detox and then participates in an inpatient program, their chance for lasting recovery is highly unlikely.
Vicodin should always be taken as prescribed and should never be taken in a large amount. Overdose could cause damage to your liver and could be fatal. A first sign of overdose is vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of appetite, slow heart rate, and weak pulse.
If you feel you are addicted to Vicodin, please call A Forever Recovery now and learn how we can help.