Vicodin is a class of opiates prescribed for pain. It works by changing your perception of pain and the emotional response to it. It has hydrocodone and acetaminophen in it, which with hydrocodone, reduces pain and produces feelings of euphoria coupled with lightheadedness. Because of this, there’s a high risk of addiction. The effects it can have on someone who abuses it include anxiety, confusion, seizures, convulsions, and a slow heartbeat. A severe consequence can be coma and even death.
Vicodin was labeled as a Schedule II controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency down from a Schedule III in 2014. Because of the potential for Vicodin addiction is so high, the DEA tightened restrictions to prevent fraud and protect citizens who use the drug from being misused or abused.
Although Vicodin withdrawal can have unpleasant effects, they usually aren’t life-threatening. Some symptoms include:
The Vicodin withdrawal timeline differs from person to person; however, short-term and long-term use can result in symptoms. Also, liver damage or failure can occur due to the use of acetaminophen.
To reduce your effects of withdrawal or avoid them, never take more than necessary and stop when it’s no longer needed, which is usually in a short time. It’s best to taper off the drug instead of going “cold turkey.”
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-V) outlines sure signs of addiction to Vicodin. These include:
As of 2013, 5.3 percent of 12th graders abused Vicodin. 131 million Americans were, often unnecessarily, prescribed Vicodin in 2011.
Receiving professional help to recover from Vicodin addiction is vitally important. Usually, it takes a customized detox treatment program that includes the use of medications Buprenorphine and Naltrexone to manage withdrawal symptoms successfully. Buprenorphine activates the same receptors in the brain as Vicodin, releasing dopamine and relieving symptoms of withdrawal. Naltrexone reduces cravings and also blocks the effects of Vicodin to help prevent relapse.