What Is Vicodin?
Vicodin is an pain medication used to treat many ailments and disorders Vicodin is an opioid that is commonly classified as an narcotic. Narcotics are well known for their ability to ease pain and promote a blissful feeling within users. This medication can be used to increases the effects of hydrocodone. When you combine acetaminophen and hydrocodone it’s used to relieve moderate to severe pains. These two pain relievers can also help treat other ailments that are not listed in this medical guide.
What to Know About Vicodin
Inform your physician if you have ever suffered from an alcoholic liver disease. You should also inform them if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day, while taking Vicodin. Drinking alcohol while taking Vicodin can lead to very adverse and dangerous side effects.
Never take more of this medication than is prescribed. Overdosing on acetaminophen can destroy your liver and cause death. Also, inform your doctor if you notice that the effects of the Vicodin are no longer working.
Hydrocodone is known to be incredibly addicting and should only be used for those that it was prescribed for. Keep the Vicodin in a well guarded place and away from small children.
Before taking any sleep or cold medicine it is important that you inform your doctor first. Acetaminophen sometimes shown as ADAP is within various different over the counter medicines. High levels of acetaminophen can lead to overdose and possible death. Always check the label of the medicine to see if Acetaminophen is an active ingredient.
Some side effects of taking Acetaminophen is a decrease in cognitive abilities. Never operate heavy machinery or drive, without understanding the effects that this medication will have on you.
Acetaminophen and alcohol can cause liver damage and death if taken together.
What to Discuss with Your Healthcare Provider
Never use this medication if you are allergic to other medicines like Tylenol.
Inform the doctor if you have any of the following health issues:
- a stomach or intestinal disorder
- low blood pressure
- curvature of the spine
- liver or kidney disease
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders
- mental illness
- Addison’s disease or other adrenal gland disorder
- a history of head injury or brain tumor
- under active thyroid
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction
Hydrocodone can be habit forming and should only be taken by the person it was prescribed to. Never share opiods with a person with a drug addiction/abuse history. Always keep this mediation in a well hidden place, where no one else can get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. Doctors have not identified whether this drug is deadly for babies, but there can be some breathing problems associated with. Also there have been some findings of addiction and withdrawal syndrome within newborns. Inform your doctor if you have plans on becoming pregnant or are currently pregnant.
These opiods can be passed into the mother’s breast milk and can harm your nursing infant. Never use this medication while breastfeeding.
Vicodin Side Effects
If you experience any allergic reactions immediately call 911. These allergic reactions may include: difficulty breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- confusion, fear, unusual thoughts or behavior
- feeling light-headed, fainting
- problems with urination; or
- seizure (convulsions)
- nausea, upper stomach pain, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat
Less serious side effects may include:
- dry mouth
- mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation
- headache, mood changes
- ringing in your ears; or
- blurred vision
- anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness
There are more side effects than these listed. If you need medical advice about side effects, Call your doctors immediately. Report all side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Never combine Vicodin with other narcotic pain medications or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Fatal side effects may occur.
Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use, especially:
- MAO’s like: furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate)
- Antidepressant like: amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), doxepin (Sinequan), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and others
- atropine (Donnatal, and others), benztropine (Cogentin), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), glycopyrrolate (Robinul), mepenzolate (Cantil), methscopolamine (Pamine), or scopolamine (Transderm-Scop)
- bladder or urinary medications such as darifenacin (Enablex), flavoxate (Urispas), oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol), tolterodine (Detrol), or solifenacin (Vesicare)
- a bronchodilator such as ipratropium (Atrovent) or tiotropium (Spiriva); or
- irritable bowel medications such as dicyclomine (Bentyl), hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Cystospaz, Levsin, and others), or propantheline (Pro-Banthine)
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
What Should I Avoid While Taking Vicodin?
This medication may impair your thinking. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how acetaminophen and hydrocodone will affect you.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP) is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains acetaminophen or APAP.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen.
Best Way to Take Vicodin?
Always take the medication as it has been prescribed. When taking acetaminophen and hydrocodone, you never want to ingest larger amounts. Also you never should take them for longer than recommended by the doctor. An overdose of these opioids can severely damage your liver.
One of the acetaminophen and hydrocodone tablets, can contain up to 750 mg of acetaminophen. You need to know how much acetaminophen in your medication.
The instructions on the medication should be followed to the letter, to prevent overdosing. Inform the doctor, if the medication is no longer helping you regulate the pain. Never measure liquid medicine with a tablespoon. If you do not have a specialized medical measure tool, then ask your doctor for one.
To prevent constipation while taking acetaminophen and hydrocodone, always drink 6 to 8 glasses of water. Before increasing the amount of fiber in your diet, take to your doctor. Never use a laxative without talking to your doctor.
Never stop using Vicodin after long term usage as it can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about ways to regulate withdrawal symptoms.
Keep in mind that Acetaminophen in some cases can produce false results in lab test glucose test. If you are diabetic, you need to talk to your doctor about getting another type of medication.
If you are planning on having any surgery done then it is vitally important that you let your doctor know ahead of time that you are taking Vicodin. You may have to stop taking the medicine for a while.
Keep away from heat and store in a cool, moist place.
Always keep track of the amount of medicine you have in each body. Oxycodone is a common drug that is abused by others. Always be aware of the amount of Vicodin that you have left, so you can properly regulate it and keep it out of others hands.
Always ensure that your bottle is the same brand and type that you have always gotten from your doctor. Never hesitate to ask the pharmacy about anything that you are unsure of.
What to Do If You Overdose
If you believe that you have overdosed on Vicodin then it is important that you call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdosing of acetaminophen and hydrocodone can lead to adverse health effects or even death.
Some of the initial signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of sweating, appetite, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and weakness or confusion. Other side effects may include stomach pains, discolored urine, and yellow skin and white eyes.
Additional overdosed symptoms include: sleepiness, muscle weakness, fainting, decreased heart rate, irregular breathing and blue lips.
Missing a Dose of Vicodin
In many cases Vicodin is a medication you take as needed, so oftentimes you will not miss a dosing schedule. However, if you are taking it regularly and miss a dosage, make sure to take the next one as soon as your remember. Always skip the next dosage and never use extra medicine under any circumstances.