Vicodin (hydrocodone and paracetamol) is the brand name of an opiate drug that is prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Just like other opiates Vicodin relieves pain by affecting the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. In another words Vicodin is a nervous system depressant. Abbott Laboratories owns the rights to the drug. Also popular is the generic form of the drug by Watson Pharmaceuticals. Vicodin is available in tablet form and is available by prescription, but there is an abundant amount on the streets.
Vicodin users swallow, or snort, and there have been cases of Vicodin being injected directly into the blood stream.
Vicodin Is Approved by the U.S. FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Abbott Laboratories in 1984 to sale the drug to the public. Vicodin instantly becomes one of the high written prescriptions for pain relief. Following after the success of Abbott Laboratories, Watson Pharmaceuticals releases the generic form of Vicodin better known as ‘Watsons’.
Vicodin Addiction Follows Quickly
Addiction to Vicodin has continued to increase the release of the drug. In the last few years some popular celebrities have also help boost the name Vicodin to become an almost household name. Opiate prescription drugs such as Vicodin always have the risk of addiction and many times the user in the beginning started with pure intentions to rid pain or discomfort.
During late 1990′s and early 2000′s rehabs within the US alone report that Vicodin was one of the most recurring addictions treated within the industry.
In 2002 hospitals within the US had an increase of 500 percent of emergency room visits due to opiate prescription based drugs. Opiate prescription drugs such as Vicodin always have the risk of addiction and many times the user in the beginning started with pure intentions to rid pain or discomfort.
Vicodin relieves pain for the user and can have its benefits to the user. But like other opiates a tolerance builds and the need to increase the dosage follows. The addiction can cause physical withdrawal symptoms within 6 to 12 hours of the last dose.
Addiction to Vicodin can happen by accident.
The rise of addiction to prescription drugs such as Vicodin is now starting to ring alarms within governments. In 2008 Abbott Laboratories is denied approval by the U.S. FDA for a time released version of Vicodin and Abbott lays off over 200 sales reps that were going to be marketing the drug to the medical industry.
On June 30, 2009 federal advisory panel votes to recommend the FDA ban Vicodin.
Vicodin Turns the User into an Addict
Vicodin is prescribed for moderate to severe pain and because of this many addicts will lie about the pain in order to get a prescription. Vicodin and the generic brands of the drug also have a huge street presence. Sold cheap on the streets and in large quantities Vicodin and the generic forms are some of the easiest for addicts to acquire out of opiate prescription drugs.
Street Names Vicodin Addicts Might Use
- Vike ES
Dangers of Vicodin
Side Effects Involved with Vicodin Use and Addiction
- Mood Changes
- Dry Mouth
- Blurred vision
- Lack of energy
Dangers Involved with Vicodin Use and Addiction
- Suicidal thoughts
- Urination problems
Life Threatening Dangers Involved with Vicodin Use and Addiction
- Low blood pressure
- Slowed heartbeat
- Slowed or troubled breathing
Vicodin Users also Experience Severe Cases of the Following
Vicodin users and addicts have also reported severe cases of the following: Headaches, Drowsiness, Dizziness, Breathing Problems, Swelling, Itching Impulses and more. Opiates and other prescription drugs all have their side effects but if you experience any of the above from Vicodin or other prescription drugs seek medical attention immediately.
Vicodin terms for the Family to Listen For‘Vicodin Land’ or ‘VicoLand’
This is term is normally used when referring to taking Vicodin and mixing alcohol. The effects of both chemicals increase the high the user or addict feels. This combination of opiate and alcohol itself can lead to a cross addiction.
Here is an example of using the term: “My last visit to VicoLand was a little out here.“‘Doctor Shopping’ or ‘Doc Shopping’
This is normally a term used be prescription addicts that means to go out and lie to different doctors in order to attain the desired drug of choice or drugs of choice.
Here is an example of using the term: “We really need to go doctor shopping soon.“‘Pharming’ or ‘Script Trip’
Addicts normally use this term referring to taking a mixture of different prescription pills whether or not they are opiates. This can also lead to multiple drug addiction.
Here is an example of using the term: “Pharming is it.“‘Pill Ladies’ or ‘Pill Lady’
This term is used by addicts to refer normally to a senior citizen who sales their prescription drugs.
Here is an example of using the term: “The Pill Lady gave us the best.“
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