Hydrocodone (Vicodin)

A study released in December 2013 states hydrocodone, and specifically the brand name drug Vicodin, is one of the most popular drugs among Americans who abuse prescription painkillers. Researchers surveyed more than 3,500 prescription painkiller abusers in 160 drug-treatment programs across the United States. They found that 30 percent of participants favored hydrocodone as their drug of abuse. The drug Hydrocodone is distributed via rogue doctors or pharmacies or on the street under street names including Norco, Hydro, and Vikes, the last of which refers to Vicodin — the most well-known brand-name drug that contains hydrocodone.

Addiction is a dangerous long-term effect of hydrocodone and Vicodin use. Hydrocodone is an opiate similar to codeine, Oxycodone, heroin or morphine. These opiates are extremelly high risk, as a user can become addicted even when taking the drugs as recommended by a physician.

Hydrocodone Dangers and Side Effects

Some patients experience mild side effects when they take hydrocodone. These symptoms are usually not serious and can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weakness

Some of the more serious side effects of hydrocodone require medical care are:

  • Bloody stools
  • Breathing problems
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe allergic reaction such as rash, hives, itching or swelling
  • Trouble urinating

Call now if you or a loved one is suffering from Hydrocodone or Vicodin addiction. Our supportive team is here to help. We can discuss your individual situation and can help get you placed in an Vicodin treatment center that meets your individual needs.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, call us for a free consultation.