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Vicodin is a brand name that sells pain reliever medicines. It is a combination of two drugs namely Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a very powerful painkiller and Acetaminophen helps to increase the power of hydrocodone. So people buy Vicodin online as an alternative pain relief medicine.

Acetaminophen also helps in reducing fever. So sometimes Vicodin is used to treat fever caused by pain. This is an opioid combination medicine. Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen was allowed for use in 1982 in the USA.

Doses Available :

Only the tablet form of Vicodin is available. The other forms of this medicine are available in different brand names. You can get two doses of tablet form. They are as follows

Vicodin 5- 500 mg :

This is a white-colored capsule-shaped medicine, with VICODIN written on it.

Vicodin 75- 750 mg :

Vicodin 75-750 mg is white in color. It is an oval-shaped medicine, VICODIN E S written on it.

How does it Work?

Vicodin mainly works in the brain and the Central Nervous System. It stops the receptor nerves and does not let the pain sensation reach the brain. It helps the brain to change the way it responds to pain.

How Long Does it Stay in the Body?

It starts working in the body within 30 minutes to 1 hour of its consumption. This medicine’s effectiveness helps the patient stay pain-free for up to 4 to 6 hours. The presence of it can be found approximately for 2 to 4 days in various body parts, which needs a special test.

How long does Vicodin stay in your system

How long does Vicodin stay in your system

How to Use it?

Take it as the exact way you are directed by your pharmacist or healthcare provider. Taking it for a longer period than the prescription will be very dangerous. You should not increase or decrease the doses of this medicine on your own. The doctor will change the dose when needed.

Normally this medicine is taken orally.

You should not stop the consumption of Vicodin promptly. It can cause various serious withdrawal symptoms like changes in mood, restlessness, eyes watering, anxiety, trouble sleeping, thoughts of suicide, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden changes in behavior. If you want to stop this medication, you should consult your doctor. They will help you.

Side Effects of Vicodin :

Consumption of Vicodin can cause certain dangerous side effects and some casual nonrisky side effects. You need not worry about the less dangerous or usual side effects. If the common side effects last for a longer period or get worse, then this could be a matter of concern.

The risky side effects are;

  • Sleep apnea,
  • Confusion,
  • noisy breathing,
  • Seizure,
  • infertility,
  • sexual problems
  • impotence,
  • sighing, shallow breathing,
  • a light-headed feeling,
  • unusual thoughts or behavior,
  • easy bruising or bleeding,
  • missed menstrual periods,
  • loss of appetite,
  • itching,
  • nausea,
  • upper stomach pain,
  • jaundice,
  • dark urine,
  • dizziness,
  • low cortisol levels,
  • hallucinations,
  • Severe tiredness,
  • agitation,
  • fever,
  • twitching,
  • Imbalance coordination,
  • diarrhea,
  • sweating,
  • fast heart rate,
  • shivering,
  • muscle stiffness,
  • Twitching, etc.

If any of these side effects occur then do not take this medicine anymore and consult your treatment provider immediately seeking urgent treatment.

Side Effects of Vicodin

Side Effects of Vicodin

The side effects you should not be worried about are as follows:

  • blurred vision
  • Constipation,
  • upset stomach,
  • dry mouth,
  • Drowsiness,
  • Headache, etc.

But if these effects stay for a longer period or get worse, then you need to visit your doctor immediately.

What if you missed a Dose?

This medicine is taken when necessary, so there is no way of missing a dose. But if you are using it regularly,  you may forget to take a dose. Take the skipped dose as soon as you remember. Do not take the missed dose if it is the time nearer to the time of taking the usual dose.

In case of Overdose:

Taking multiple doses at a time or larger doses than prescribed will cause an overdose. The person who has been overdosed will experience severe drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, or no breathing. Give Naloxone to the person if they are not waking up or having slow breathing. Inform the doctor immediately, take them to the nearest hospital or call the poison help center.

Warnings and Precautions :

Drinking alcohol or consuming any kind of alcoholic substance with this medicine can cause serious fatal problems in the body.

Some certain diseases can get worse with the use of it. Consult your physician about your previous health problems if any. Also, inform your doctor if you are currently suffering from any of the following diseases :

  • infectious diarrhea
  • acute alcohol intoxication
  • seizure disorders
  • impaired GI motility
  • Liver disease
  • drug dependence
  • renal dysfunction
  • prematurity
  • urinary retention
  • arrhythmias
  • gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Hypotension
  • respiratory depression
  • adrenal insufficiency
  • biliary spasm
  • hypothyroidism

Make sure your doctor knows about your disease before prescribing Vicodin.

A pregnant woman can use this when the necessity of using it will be at the top but with the approval of their doctor. If you are planning to be pregnant then inform your doctor about it.

This medicine passes through breast milk. If you are a breastfeeding mother and consuming Vicodin then there is a high chance that your baby will develop some serious side effects. Visit your healthcare provider before taking it.

Drug Interaction :

Some other medicines in interaction with it can also cause some serious health issues. Those drugs are ;

  • Water pill
  • Sleeping pills
  • cold or allergy medicines,
  • bronchodilator asthma
  • COPD medication,
  • overactive bladder drugs
  • medicines for motion sickness,
  • Medicine for bowel syndrome,
  • opioid pain medicine
  • cough medicine
  • diazepam,
  • alprazolam,
  • lorazepam,
  • Xanax,
  • Klonopin,
  • muscle relaxer,
  • medicine to treat mood disorders or mental illness
  • a stimulant,
  • medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease,
  • Drugs for migraine headaches,
  • Medicine for serious infections

Storage :

Keep these medicines in a cool, dry, dark place at room temperature. Moisture and direct sunlight can damage the medicines, and keep them away from those. Keep the tablets in an airtight jar.  Children should stay away from this. Dispose of the expired and unused medicines in a place that children and animals can not reach there. You can also ask the pharmacist or the local disposal factory for it.

Alternatives of Vicodin are:

Your doctor may prescribe you another medicine as an alternative to Vicodin. Here are some of the alternatives mentioned the below;

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) :

Is Vicodin a relaxant?

Vicodin is a pain killer. It is an opioid medication. This is a combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Among other side effects, the common side effect of this medicine is relaxation.

Is Vicodin a safe drug?

This is an opioid medication. This is available with a prescription, as it is a controlled substance. Using with your doctor’s approval and direction is safe and effective.

What are the interactions for Vicodin?

Some other medicines when interacted with Vicodin can cause various serious problems. Those medicines are water pills, sleeping pills, cold or allergy medicines, bronchodilator asthma, COPD medication, overactive bladder drugs, medicines for motion sickness,  Medicine for bowel, syndrome, opioid pain medicine, cough medicine, diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, Klonopin, muscle relaxer, medicine to treat mood disorders or mental illness, a stimulant, medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease,  Drugs for migraine headaches, and Medicine for serious infections.