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Vicodin is an opiate, made from opium, and contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever, acetaminophen is a pain reliever that increases effects of hydrocodone.
It is usually ingested as tablets or capsules, sometimes as a liquid syrup. Can also be crushed and snorted for a quicker response.
Vicodin is normally prescribed for moderate to severe pain, usually from injury or surgery, and works by binding receptors in the brain and spinal cord. It can also be used to treat a severe cough.
Withdrawal symptoms- bone and muscle pain, night sweating, chills, nausea, cold flash, restlessness, loss of appetite, panic, insomnia
Intended for short term use but addiction comes from becoming physically and emotionally dependent on the drug. Body becomes accustomed to physical changes that vicodin causes. Stopping leads to withdrawal.
Signs of abuse include taking larger amounts than directed by doctor or directions on bottle.
Visiting more than one doctor to get prescription.
Prior history of drug or alcohol abuse increases risk for vicodin abuse.
Long term use of vicodin, especially the acetaminophen, leads to liver damage or failure
Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors reported past-year nonmedical use of Vicodin, in 2008, the number of individuals aged 12 or older who abused prescription pain relievers for the first time (2.2 million) was roughly even with that of marijuana.
Also known as Lorcet, Lortab, Dolacet, Anexsia, Zydone, Norco