Vicodin Abuse and Addiction
Vicodin addiction and abuse typically result as its use produces the feeling of happiness and euphoria. Vicodin is highly addictive and continued use of it results in tolerance being developed. When this occurs users begin to increase their doses and/or frequency of taking the drug to once again experience the full effects.
What is Vicodin?
Vicodin is a narcotic that is prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain. It is made from a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen a pain reliever. Hydrocodone is a strong opiate painkiller with highly addictive properties. Vicodin blogs the pain receptors in the brain while also providing a feeling of euphoria. Vicodin typically lasts for up to 6 hours and is often prescribed for pain relief after surgery.
Signs and Symptoms of Vicodin Abuse
The signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse will be common to the abuse of other opiates or synthetic opiates, referred to as opioids and will depend on the frequency of use and/or the dosage being used. These may include:
- Brain Fog
- Constricted Pupils
- Difficulty Urinating
- Mood Swings
- Slowed Heart Rate
Symptoms of Vicodin Withdrawal
Symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal vary from person to person and also based on how frequently and how heavily it was used. They are not typically unpleasant and but not life-threatening. The effects may include:
- Muscle Aches
- Runny Nose