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What is its intended therapeutic purpose
Why is it abused
- Vicodin is most commonly found in pill form. It should be taken with a glass of water and can be taken with or without food. There is also a liquid form but that is not as common.
How it is administered
Signs that the drug is being abused
Symptoms of withdrawal
- Vicodin is a tablet containing a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The main purpose of vicodine is to relieve moderate to severe pain. It has become one of the most widely prescribed pain relievers and has become one of the most frequently abused.
Prevalence of its abuse in the US
-Prescription drug abuse and addiction among young people ages 12-17 is also reported as the second most abused illegal drug, behind marijuana. In actual numbers, marijuana is by far the leading illegal drug of abuse with this age group, but in analyzing the growth trend, prescription drug abuse is closing the gap at an alarming pace
- The estimated number of people aged 12 or older with an oxycontin addiction has increased from 1.9 million in 2002, to 3.1 million in 2004. The largest increase occurred among young adults aged 18 to 25
-Many people taking Vicodin longer than medically necessary keep using it thinking that if they were to stop taking Vicodin, their pain would return. In reality, the fear of Vicodin withdrawal can be a strong motivating factor in the continuing use of Vicodin, and more importantly, the feeling that more Vicodin is needed to combat the same pain. Over a period of time more and more Vicodin is needed to have the same pain relieving effects and to ward off Vicodin withdrawal symptoms.
- Some of the more common signs are Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Loss of appetite, Sweating, Irritability, Yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin (jaundice), Dark urine, Confusion, Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), Bleeding, and Liver failure. If not caught, as with other drug abuse, vicodin can lead to death.
- Some of the more common symptoms of withdraw are restlessness, muscle pain, bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, goose bumps, involuntary leg movements, watery eyes, runny nose, loss of appetite, irritability, panic, nausea, chills, and sweating.
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