Vicodin is an extremely powerful, addictive painkiller. It contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone, both of which are used to treat moderate to severe pain. Percocet is another drug that is often referred to along with Vicodin, and both are opioid narcotic medications. According to Rehab International, approximately 2 million Americans suffer from a Vicodin addiction. The abuse of Vicodin has quadrupled over the past 10 years, making this a part of the opioid crisis today. Often people are prescribed Vicodin for medical reasons, but later abuse the drug and become addicted to it.
When a person takes Vicodin, they may feel extremely relaxed. Vicodin binds to opiate receptors in the brain, which helps to lessen the feelings and perceptions of pain. Vicodin acts on endorphin receptors called “mu receptors” and “kappa receptors” in the central nervous system, giving a person pain relief, sedation, respiratory depression and a feeling of euphoria. Many side effects of taking Vicodin are: drowsiness, loss of consciousness, impaired coordination, dizziness, shallow breathing, slowed heart rate, and more. It takes a little over an hour for the effects to appear, but once the drug has kicked in the feeling will last about 4-6 hours.
If a person takes more than prescribed, they could accidentally overdose. If this happens, a person may experience seizures, blurred vision, headaches, ringing in the ears, constipation, fear, confusion, constricted pupils, and convulsions, with a coma and even death as a possibility. There are several forms of treatment available, one if which is detoxification. This can be used to help cleanse the body of the drugs and begin rehabilitation and recovery. Medication management may also be used to help a person manage the harsh side effects of withdrawal and get them prepared for recovery. Either way, treatment is always the best option to take when it comes to Vicodin addiction.
Because of the opioid crisis, many researchers have been investigating several approaches to take. Opioids are extremely addictive and dangerous, and the government wants to lessen the devastating effects of abuse, overdose, and death. A study conducted by Caldwell and colleagues (2013) discovered that prevention treatment is more effective than medicinal treatment when it comes to the opioid epidemic. If we can become more informed of the harmful effects that opioid can have on the body, as well as the addictive properties of the drug, we can begin taking steps to better protect ourselves. If you suffer from Vicodin or another addiction, contact a doctor today. You are not alone and many people want to help you recover.
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