Vicodin is a prescription drug used to relieve mild or moderate pain. Its main ingredients include hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone, the more active ingredient, is an opioid pain medication while acetaminophen is a fever reducing and pain relieving medication.
The two major ingredients of Vicodin make it an opioid, although opioids are just derivatives of opiates.
Is Vicodin a Narcotic?
The government has classified Vicodin as both a legal and medical narcotic. It has also listed it as a Schedule 3 drug, under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that you can only buy it if you have a prescription from a qualified medical doctor.
Common Vicodin Dosage
Dosages will vary from patient to patient. The most common dosage for adults is between one and two tablets every 4 to 6 hours as the doctor prescribes. The daily dosage should however never go beyond eight 8 tablets.
Doctors always prescribe Vicodin according to the severity of the case. Since different patients respond differently to painkillers, doctors will also look at the particularly patient’s response in order to decide on the appropriate dosage.
Side Effects of Vicodin
The side effects of Vicodin and other opioids are largely similar to those of opiates.
Some of these side effects include:
- Blurred vision
- ,Difficulty urinating.
- Ringing in the ears
- An upset stomach
- Dry mouth
- Mood changes
Unintentional Vicodin AddictionThere have been cases reported where patients have become addicted to Vicodin after prolonged usage. This is despite the fact that they took the medication under the direction and supervision of a qualified doctor. As mentioned above, this addiction comes from the rather high addictive nature of the medication and from when the patient develops a tolerance for the drug. A higher tolerance means that the patient may be tempted to take a higher dose.
When a patient comes from a long illness with a Vicodin addiction, the doctor will recommend a period of detoxification for the patient. He or she will also administer treatment to counter the withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin dependency as the detoxification continues.
Treatment Of Other Withdrawal Symptoms
Although Vicodin has been known to treat a few other withdrawal symptoms caused by other drugs, it is not advisable to try to medicate yourself with an opiate without the approval and guidance of your physician.