Sometimes it seems like opioids are all anyone is talking about when it comes to the drug problem in the United States. Opioids are killing more people than ever thanks to the terrifying drug Fentanyl. While Fentanyl, until very recently, is known as the most potent opioid you could get, opioids at as a bit of a set of stair steps as far as addiction goes because of the persistence and speed of tolerance that builds with this family of drugs. Vicodin is where an awful lot of patients take their first step on that deadly climb.


Overdosing Is Surprisingly Easy On Vicodin

Vicodin is a prescription pain medication that doctors frequently prescribe for their patients for mild to severe bouts of pain for anything from back pain, tooth extractions, or a pulled muscle.

Though vicodin seems like an innocent drug, given that people are prescribed the medication by their physicians, it is quick to create a tolerance in the user and just like other opioids, it quickly creates a need for the user to take more and more vicodin to maintain pain reduction and the feeling of contentment that sometimes comes along with vicodin. After a while it can even send the user packing to find a stronger opioid when it seems like no matter how much vicodin they take they can’t quite find the right headspace.

The most concerning side effect to be mindful of with this drug is how very easy it is to overdose on it. When used along with alcohol, Vicodin enhances the likelihood that a patient will suffer from acute liver failure. If a person takes Vicodin while taking other opiates, sedatives, psychotropics or anticonvulsants, then they raise the chances that they will die due to respiratory failure. These sorts of intoxicants increase the respiratory depressant side effects of by Vicodin.

Discovery InstituteWhat are the Vicodin side effects a patient might experience while taking the drug?

  • An experience of lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • A settling feeling of euphoria
  • Sedation
  • Sometimes Vicodin triggers nausea and vomiting
  • Sometimes headaches are caused by a patient taking Vicodin
  • Hearing impairment
  • Permanent hearing loss
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • A patient’s central nervous system may experience considerable shifts in function while the patient is under the influence of Vicodin
  • The patient may experience persistent drowsiness
  • A sense of confusion or disconnection
  • Lethargy
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • A sense of uneasiness
  • Some patients experience mood swings or changes
  • Their muscles may feel limp
  • Vicodin may cause a slow heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Bladder spasm
  • Respiratory depression

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In many ways Vicodin has been the foundation of the Opioid epidemic. It is the drug that is thought to have put prescription opiate abuse on the map. It may seem hard to admit that you have a problem with Vicodin because it began so innocently, with a doctor’s prescription. But there is no shame in this and getting help is essential to your wellbeing. Call Discovery Institute, one of the best New Jersey rehab facilities, today to learn more about getting off of the Opioid stair steps and back to your best self.  

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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