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July 7, 2011

Vicodin Abuse

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Vicodin Abuse

Vicodin Abuse

Vicodin is a tablet which is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. The hydrocodone is one of the well known narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever which is less potent and it has been proven to increase the hydrocodone effects in the body. Generic names of vicodin are hydrocodone or acetaminophen. The brand names of Vicodin are as follows: Anexsia, Zolvit, Liquicet, Lortab, Norco, Stagesic, Xodol, Dolorex, ForteCo-Gesic, Hycet, Lorcet, Maxidone, Polygesic, Zydone, Zamicet and Vicodi.

Vicodin is prescribed for the relief of moderate or severe pain. It may also be prescribed or used for others purposes apart from the relief of pain. As a narcotic, Vicodin is highly demanded and abused. To abuse a substance means that the drug is being used for other purposes other than which it is prescribed and meant for, often for recreational purposes. A distinction should be made here between the abuse of Vicodin and just physical dependence on the drug.  Physical dependence results after long term usage.

Withdrawal symptoms are in most cases a sign of abuse of drugs but in the case of physical dependence in Vicodin, that is not necessarily the case because the use of the drug could have been legitimate for that extended duration. Abuse as stated earlier is the taking of a drug or other substance for non-medical and often recreational purposes, and oftentimes as a form of maintenance for when physical dependence has at some level been detected within the body, to achieve what feels to the user as a state of normalcy in comparison to when there is less Vicodin within their system.

Vicodin AbuseOnce the body becomes used to the effects of Vicodin it will develop a tolerance. Then the person will be tempted to take more so as to feel the effects.  Taking the normal dosage will not produce any effects. This is still not a sign of Vicodin abuse per say because it is physical response of the body which is to be expected after a certain duration. Persons who have used or abused narcotics for a long time may take dangerously high levels of Vicodin, where were this level administered to another person with no tolerance, it could result in death.  Even if a person is tolerant to the effects of vicodin or other narcotics, he or she should not ever exceed the recommended safe dosages. In addition to this, one component of Vicodin, acetaminophen, can cause failure of the liver or even death when taken in excessive doses also.

While most doctors believe any person who takes vicodin continuously or frequently for a long period will become addicted, some other medical professionals hold a different view; they believe that some individuals who are inclined towards the abuse of drugs or alcohol are the ones who are likely to suffer from the abuse of Vicodin.

The difficulty lies in predicting who is at risk and those who are not at risk of developing complications with the use of Vicodin. Doctors believe that persons from a family which has a history of abusing drugs and alcohol are at a higher risk. Individuals with any sort of mental impairment are also at higher risk of Vicodin abuse because the drug can worsen the mental illness symptoms. In all cases Vicodin abuse is a health hazard. Any individual who finds they are, or even may be addicted should seek professional drug rehabilitation services immediately.

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