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What is Vicodin?

Vicodin is one of the most commonly abused prescription pain medications today. One of the most widely prescribed medications, Vicodin and its related medications, lorcet, lortab, percodan, and oxycontin are all opioid-based pain medications. Vicodin is a derivative of opium, which is also used to manufacture heroin. Vicodin successfully diminishes pain, but it is highly addictive and the withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin addiction are very similar to the pain it was relieving.

How is Vicodin used?

Vicodin when abused can be taken: orally in pill form, chewed, or crushed (then snorted like cocaine).

What are the effects of Vicodin?

Over months of Vicodin use the Vicodin effects will become greater and more damaging. At first, the user will endure such effects as constipation, speeding up or the slowing down of the heart rate, nausea, and dizziness. As the use grows, the Vicodin effects will come in the form of blurred vision, hallucinations, and sever confusion.

  • light-headedness
  • dizziness
  • sedation
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • respiratory depression

What are the symptoms of withdrawal?

  • restlessness
  • muscle pain
  • bone pain
  • insomnia
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • cold flashes
  • goose bumps
  • involuntary leg movements
  • watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • irritability
  • panic
  • nausea
  • chills
  • sweating