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Vicodin Addiction Effects

Vicodin is a brand name for the widely prescribed pain medication that combines hydrocodone with acetaminophen. An opioid, it can be both effective and addictive. It interferes with pain signals sent to the brain and changes your perception of how your pain feels. If used for a short time, it is generally safe.

3 Minute Read | Published Sep 30 2023 | Updated Mar 12 2024 Expert Verified
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What Are Common Vicodin Addiction Effects?

Vicodin Addiction Effects

Vicodin addiction effects are numerous. Many people are prescribed Vicodin as a treatment for suppressing pain following surgery, illness, or injury. When an individual experiences the euphoric feeling the drug creates, he or she may enjoy the feeling so much that extra dose are taken, and the drug is used for longer than necessary. A person can quickly build a tolerance for Vicodin and need to increase the amount of the doses, or their, frequency in order to maintain the euphoric effect. Prescription drugs are generally perceived to be safer than illicit street drugs, but people who think this may be “dead” wrong. When misused, Vicodin has some very unpleasant side effects including the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Depressed respirations
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Impaired judgment
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Seizures

When taken in combination with other drugs and/or alcohol, Vicodin becomes dangerous and places people at risk of overdose.

Vicodin Addiction Long Term Effects

People experiencing Vicodin addiction long term effects ignore the negatives side effects of the drug while focusing on the “high” euphoric sensations. Cravings to obtain more drugs wipe out any concern of the risks that are involved. The drug is so important to those addicted that they are willing to commit crimes to get it. Addiction is in place when an individual ignores all the negative consequences and the warnings from family members, doctors, and friends. Once addicted to Vicodin, a person will try a number of ways to get more of it including:

  • Modifying prescription forms
  • Stealing prescription pads from their doctor’s office
  • Call into pharmacy’s claiming to be their doctor’s office
  • Steal Vicodin from another person
  • Buy Vicodin on the street
  • Borrow Vicodin from others
  • Buy Vicodin from illegal street sources
  • Purchase illegal heroin if Vicodin is not available

If you have a family member struggling and misusing Vicodin, the time to get them help is right now. Fifty-percent of heroin users began with an opiate prescription such as Vicodin. Every day they continue using the drug is a day closer to possible legal repercussions or serious health issues. Thousands are dying every year in the United States from opioid overdose. The free referral service provided by Better Addiction Care (BAC) assists people suffering with Vicodin addiction find an addiction treatment facility that can help them into recovery. You can speak to one of BAC’s professional addiction counselors at (800) 429-7690 to get the information you need.

Treatment For Vicodin Addiction

Treatment for Vicodin addiction is necessary to safely get off the drug. There are many risks involved if a person takes Vicodin and uses alcohol. People overdose every day, and many don’t survive. In an addiction treatment facility, patients receive a medical detox which helps reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Each patient is assessed to determine what specific therapies and rehab they need. Some patients may have co-occurring disorders that requires psychiatric care as well. After a phone call interview, Better Addiction Care will connect you to a drug addiction care facility that can provide the help you or your loved one need.

Life is too precious to risk losing it or having a life-altering medical problem. Get help now, and turn your life around. Call BAC at (800) 429-7690.


bullet Healthline
"Understanding Hydrocodone Addiction"
Retrieved on July 23, 2018
bullet CBS News
"Opioid painkillers: Best advice to help you avoid addiction"
Retrieved on July 23, 2018
bullet Los Angeles Times
"Over-the-counter painkillers treated painful injuries just as well as opioids in new study"
Retrieved on July 23, 2018

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