Vicodin is a combination of two pain relievers: acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, and hydrocodone, synthetic codeine. Vicodin treats pain as its hydrocodone element changes how your body responds to pain, while the acetaminophen reduces both swelling and fever. Vicodin is highly addictive, so patients should take it with caution.
Vicodin and Prescribed Medication Interactions
Even if you are taking Vicodin as prescribed, do not mix it with other medications or you may increase, decrease or alter the drug’s effects. Avoid taking the following medications while on Vicodin:
- Tricyclic antidepressants such as such as Elavil and Tofranil
- Antihistamines such as Tavist
- MAO inhibitors such as Nardil and Parnate
- Major tranquilizers such as Thorazine and Haldol
- Other narcotic analgesics such as Demerol
- Other central nervous system depressants such as Halcion and Restoril
A severe overdose of Vicodin can be fatal, so never take more than prescribed.
How Vicodin Interacts with Over-the-counter Medications
Vicodin may impair your thinking or reactions and should not be taken with over-the-counter (OTC) medications without first consulting a pharmacist or doctor. Because acetaminophen is in many OTC medicines, you may accidentally take too much acetaminophen and damage your liver. In addition, alcohol increases the risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen, furthering your risk of danger.
Because Vicodin contains hydrocodone, a person should not take cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, antidepressants or seizure medication. These blends can slow your breathing to dangerous levels.
Signs of Vicodin Abuse
The major signs of Vicodin abuse are as follows:
- Taking higher than prescribed doses
- Taking prescriptions more frequently than prescribed
- Taking the medication even after a doctor discontinues it
Symptoms of Vicodin abuse include the following issues:
- Stomach pain
- Trouble urinating
These symptoms can be devastating, so seek help today for a Vicodin addiction.
Treatment for Vicodin Addiction
To manage the withdrawal symptoms and get the counseling you need to understand Vicodin abuse, consider outpatient or inpatient addiction treatment. These programs remove Vicodin from an addict’s body and teach ways to cope with life rather than using drugs.
Which type of treatment is right for you is often difficult to determine, so feel free to call us to explore your options. Our trained counselors can provide you information and resources to make the right decision for you.
Vicodin Addiction Help
Do not continue to abuse Vicodin. If you need help finding the right treatment program for your addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Vicodin addiction treatment. We are here to help.