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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Vicodin Overview

Vicodin Addiction Treatment Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Both medicines are pain killers. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.Vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Vicodin Signs of Abuse

The most noticeable signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse are:

  • Appearing drowsy
  • An obsession with procuring and consuming Vicodin
  • An inability to focus on a given task
  • Extreme anxiety and paranoia
  • Severe mood swings
  • Nausea and vomiting

Effects of Vicodin Abuse

Effects of Vicodin abuse, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:

  • The urge to take more Vicodin than prescribed or for a non-medical purpose
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Severe constipation
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • A slow heart rate (bradycardia)

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal can vary in intensity and may include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Sweating and a runny nose
  • Goosebumps
  • Agitation

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