What is Vicodin?
A combination of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone is found in Vicodin as its ingredient. Hydrocodone is a pain reliever while Acetaminophen is also work in normal pain and reduce fever. Hydrocodone belongs to a class of opioid medication, and Acetaminophen is a member of the analgesics family.
Medicines belong to analgesics family help remove pain without putting you to sleep and without losing your consciousness. Hydrocodone present in Vicodin blinds receptors present in the brain by that the pain signals can not send to the brain accurately by these receptors that’s why the response of the brain and nervous system changes for the pain.
Vicodin prescribed by doctors in the use of relief in moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin may use in other problems not listed here.
Hydrocodone present in Vicodin is a narcotic medicine. It should not be taken without proper instructions suggested by your doctor. It may slow your breathing, increase your heart rate, and make you unconscious.
Overdosing of this medicine may put you in danger. Never overdose this medicine. Hydrocodone in Vicodin is habit-forming. So do not take this medicine for long term beyond the prescription. This medicine should not be shared with someone else; it may not be safe for the person whom you give your medications.
Put your dose at a safe place where children can not reach. If you use this medicine without a prescription, you may suffer from addiction to this medicine, harmful side-effects, or it may cause your death.
Before Taking This Medicine:
Before taking this medicine, you have to be very sure that you are not suffering from any allergies. If you have an allergy or recently consume alcohol, then consult with your doctor to take this medicine.
This medicine should not be used if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days. Severe drug addiction may occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, linezolid, and tranylcypromine.
Some medicines can react with Hydrocodone and cause a severe issue called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor should know if you are also taking any medication for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, mental illness or prevention of vomiting and nausea.
Tell your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications. To make sure that Vicodin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have-
- Liver disease, cirrhosis, or if you are addicted to alcohol.
- You are suffering from diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, bowel obstruction, severe constipation.
- kidney disease.
- If you have low blood pressure or if you are dehydrated.
- If you have a history of head injury, brain tumor, or stroke.
- Asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders.
- If you use a sedative like Valium(diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Versed, Xanax, and others.)
This medicine may cause breathing problem in adults or older age peoples if they severely ill, malnourished or otherwise debilitated. If you are planning to be pregnant or you are pregnant, then do not use this medicine because your baby may become dependent on this drug.
This can cause a life-threatening problem with the baby after it is born. Babies born with habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. This should be shared with your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Breastfeeding is also not safe for your baby if you are taking this medicine.
How should I take Vicodin?
You should have to take this medicine as your doctor prescribed you at your prescription label. Never take a heavy dose of this medicine it may be put you in a big problem. Since Vicodin is a habit-forming due to Hydrocodone, you may become addicted to this medicine.
It may give you addiction even in regular doses. This medicine can not share with anyone else, especially someone who addicted to alcohol or has a history of drug-abusing. If you are going for surgery or medical test, then you should have to tell your doctor how many days since you are taking this medicine.
Do not suddenly stop the use of Vicodin after long-term use. Suddenly leaving this medicine may show some harmful side-effects. Consult with your doctor on how to move this medicine safely.
How Should Vicodin Pills be Stored?
Vicodin should be stored at room temperature. The recommended temperature to store Vicodin is in between 15C to 30C. Vicodin should be kept away from heat and moisture. It should be stored in a dark place.
Vicodin is an abusing drug; you should be aware if someone is misusing your medicine behind you. Put this medicine at a safe place where it is out of reach of children.
Doses of Vicodin:
The recommended doses of Vicodin may vary from person to person. It may be different for men and women. The standard doses of Vicodin for adults are one to two(hydrocodone 2.5 to 10 mg; acetaminophen 300 to 750mg) capsules or tablets every 4 to 6 hours.
The solution of Vicodin recommended 15 ml every 4 to 6 hours or as prescribed by your doctor.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Vicodin is a highly abused drug and it may become you addicted to it so overdose of this medicine may be harmful to you. If you miss a dose, then check how much time remains for your next dose.
If there is much time for your next dose you can take that missed dose but if the next dose is near about then do not take medicine, leave that does and go for the next one.
What happens if I Overdose?
In the condition of overdosing call Poison Control Helpline 1-800-222-1222 or immediately go for medical attention. Overdosing of this medicine is harmful to your health. It can show some serious side-effects that may put you in danger.
If you feel vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, sweating, confusion, or weakness, after some time, you may feel pain in your upper stomach, your urine may be dark or yellow in color. Your eyes may be whites. Notice these symptoms to ensure that you have overdose Vicodin or not.
What should I avoid while taking Vicodin?
Vicodin may feel you sleepy so do not drive when you take this. The operation of any kind of machinery or driving is not safe after taking this medicine because it can change your thinking as well as reactions.
Consult with your doctor before taking any other medicine with Vicodin because taking a mixture of certain products together can cause you to feel sleepy, vomiting, dizziness or slow breathing or something else that is not listed here.
Do not use this medicine with alcohol because mixing these together may harmful for you. It may be possible that you fall into some dangerous problem.
Side Effects of Vicodin:
If you have a problem of an allergic reaction with Vicodin like difficulty in breathing, swelling of your face or problem in swallowing immediate go to your doctor for emergency medical help.
This medicine can show some severe skin reactions like redness of your skin or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling. These are rare but severe side-effects of Vicodin. If you notice these symptoms immediate stop using this medicine and go for a medical emergency.
Consult with your doctor if you feel one or more from below-
- A light-headed feeling of dizziness, like you, might pass out;
- Shallow breathing, slow heartbeat;
- Confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior
- Profound drowsiness
- Loss of consciousness.
Some side-effects of Vicodin are for the long term. Addiction and tolerance are examples of long term side-effects.
Some common Side-effects of Vicodin are –
- Headache, drowsiness;
- Upset stomach
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision