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Vicodin side effects

What’s in Vicodin?

Vicodin is a drug that is made of two separate compounds: hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. Each tablet of Vicodin HP contains 10 mg of hydrocodone and 660 mg of acetaminophen. But what’s more important, is that BOTH these compounds have effects on the body. Here, we’ll review the effects of both hydrocodone and acetaminphen, and let you know what to do in the case that side effects are severe or require medical attention.

Effects of hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever. But it is also an antitussive, which helps relieve coughing. The FDA warnings about possible effects of hydrocodone include:

  • anxiety
  • changes in mood
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dysphoria
  • fear
  • lightheadedness
  • impaired mental abilities/performance
  • impaired physical abilities/performance
  • irregular berating
  • lethargy
  • mental clouding
  • nausea
  • periodic breathing
  • physical dependence
  • pruritus
  • psychic dependence
  • sedation
  • skin rash
  • spasm of vesical sphincters
  • suppressed cough reflex
  • tolerance
  • ureteral spasm
  • urinary retention
  • vomiting

Dose-related side effects of hydrocodone

Other side effects are possible, when hydrocodone is taken in higher doses or high doses over longer periods of time. These include:

  • hearing impairment
  • hearing loss
  • respiratory depression

Effects of acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever. The main thing to be careful about when taking acetaminophen is dosage. Toxic doses of acetaminophen may cause circulatory failure and rapid, shallow breathing. But more common side effects of acetaminophen include:

  • agranulocytosis (decreased white blood cells)
  • allergic reactions
  • rash
  • thrombocytopenia (decreased blood platelets)

When to seek medical help

Some side effects of Vicodin can be serious. Call you doctor immediately if you experience:

  • chest tightness
  • slowed breathing
  • irregular breathing

Toxic doses of Vicodin occur when you take 40 mg of hydrocodone or 10 g of acetaminophen. If you have taken more than 4 Vicodin HP pills, seek immediate medical help. ¬†Additionally, if any of the above side effects disturb your daily functioning or become bothersome, see your prescribing doctor. It’s possible that there is another medication better suited to you and your needs. ¬†Finally, be aware that Vicodin can be both physically and mentally addictive. Seek help from your doctor if you take Vicodin for non-medical reasons, more than prescribed, or longer than prescribed. Vicodin addiction is no longer stigmatized, but is a medical condition that can be treated. So, get help when necessary.

Reference sources: FDA drug info on Vicodin

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Vicodin withdrawal side effects

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Vicodin withdrawal side effects include erratic moods, nausea, vomiting, and sleep disturbance. More on how to address Vicodin withdrawal side effects here.

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How is Vicodin abused?

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When you chew, crush or dissolve Vicodin to get high, you abuse Vicodin. What are some other ways people abuse Vicodin and why? We review here.

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What happens when you snort Vicodin?

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When you snort Vicodin, hydrocodone affects the brain almost instantly and can get you high. But do you risk negative health effects, too? We review here.

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Tolerance to Vicodin

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You can develop tolerance to Vicodin (hydrocodone) within in a month of taking it. Tolerance to Vicodin does not necessarily mean you are addicted to Vicodin. More on the distinction between physical dependence, tolerance and Vicodin addiction here.

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Smoking Vicodin

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What does smoking Vicodin do to you? An ineffective high, smoked Vicodin can result in irritation of the eyes, respiratory system, and lungs. Just how safe is smoking Vicodin? We review here.

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How does Vicodin work?

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Vicodin works by changing how the brain and body perceive pain. Vicodin affects the brain via hydrocodone, an opioid agonist. More here on how fast Vicodin works and for how long. Plus, what you can do to make Vicodin work better.

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How long does Vicodin last?

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The effects of Vicodin last for about 4-6 hours. More on how long Vicodin stays in the body, as well the effects of taking Vicodin to get high here. More on Vicodin dosing and dangers.

87 How much Vicodin is too much?

How much Vicodin is too much?

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It is easy to overdose on Vicodin. But how much Vicodin is too much depends on your tolerance to opioids. This is why Vicodin needs to be taken only as directed by a doctor. More on Vicodin overdose, acetaminophen poisoning, and safe doses here.

35 Snorting Vicodin

Snorting Vicodin

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Is snorting Vicodin effective? Or should you take Vicodin orally? Can snorting Vicodin get you high? We review the dangers of taking Vicodin nasally and more on snorting Vicodin effects here.

6 Can you die from taking Vicodin?

Can you die from taking Vicodin?

February 19th, 2012

Yes, you can die from taking too much Vicodin. Both active ingredients in Vicodin are extremely dangerous if not taken in the recommended dosages. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of Vicodin overdose here.

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2 Responses to “Vicodin side effects
2:01 am September 13th, 2017

Is it ok to take two 7.5/750 tablets at once if you just take it one a day? Also, if you do only need it once a day, would it be harmful to just take 3 tablets at once and not everyday but maybe once or twice when pain becomes unbearable?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:35 pm September 14th, 2017

Hi John. Please use your medication only as prescribed by a doctor. Don’t put yourself at risk. And, if have problems with the recommended dosage, consult with your doctor about any change.

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