Vicodin is an opioid, strong analgesic and cough suppressant, containing hydrocodone and paracetamol (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone is an opioid and narcotic analgesic. The presence of paracetamol in the drug increases the analgesic effect of the last one, but limits the maximal daily dose taking into account the possibility of accumulation of paracetamol in toxic concentrations.
Vicodin is an active painkiller and cough medicine, taken orally. Therapeutic dose of 5-10 mg is pharmacologically equivalent to 60 mg or morphine, taken orally.
Side effects of Vicodin includes euphoria, allergic reactions, seizures, clammy skin, increased weakness, dizziness, hyperventilating, loss of consciousness, yellowing of eyes or skin, unusual tiredness, bleedings, hematomas, constipation, dry mouth, sickness, vomiting, decreased appetite, muscle cramps, sweating, flows, itching, tinnitus, complete hearing loss, decreased urination and libido.
The use of drug can have a fatal outcome.
The drug overdose causes headache, dry mouth, general weakness and drowsiness. It develops the same symptoms as in codeine poisoning.
Indications for use
Take Vicodin in strict accordance with the doctor’s orders. To clarify the indications for use, consult the doctor or pharmacist.
Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water.
If Vicodin causes indigestion, it should be taken with milk or meal.
To make sure that you are taking the right dose, measure the solution with a special dose-measuring spoon, cup or dropper, not a regular table spoon. If you don’t have a measuring spoon, ask the pharmacist, where you can buy it.
Hydrocodone is addictive. The use of this drug causes physical and mental addiction. Don’t exceed the prescribed dose and don’t take the drug longer than stated. An abrupt cessation of medication after several weeks of its constant use can cause the withdrawal syndrome. The doctor can recommend you the gradual reduction of the drug dose.
Vicodin can cause constipation. It is advisable to take plenty of liquid (6-8 glasses of water a day) to reduce the side effect. A large amount of fiber in your diet will help you to avoid constipation.