Vicodin is a prescription drug that contains the painkiller hydrocodone and the painkiller acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is an opioid, and it is mixed with the less powerful acetaminophen in order to discourage recreational use. Regardless, Vicodin is still abused and can be addictive. Persons who abuse or are addicted to Vicodin suffer from a variety of unpleasant side effects and withdrawal symptoms, including the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Severe pain
- Severe drug cravings
In addition to the above symptoms and effects of Vicodin, people addicted to Vicodin often experience varying degrees of malnutrition.
Why Are Vicodin Addiction and Malnutrition Linked?
Vicodin addiction and malnutrition coincide at a fairly high rate. It is not uncommon to see drug addicts thin from malnutrition. The reasons for this are numerous.
One of the most common reasons is that people addicted to drugs generally do not take very good care of their bodies. If Vicodin abuse is high on a person’s priority list, a healthy diet and a good amount of exercise likely are not. This is not always the case, but many times it is. People who take good care of their bodies usually do not abuse drugs. This is one reason why malnutrition and Vicodin abuse often coincide.
Another common reason for malnutrition among Vicodin addicts is that several of the negative effects of the drug have to do with digestion. A person who frequently suffers from diarrhea, constipation, nausea or vomiting due to Vicodin abuse is likely not eating well. Vicodin abuse can also cause a loss of appetite. In these ways, Vicodin can harm the body’s digestive system and leave abusers without a desire or ability to eat anything at all, let alone a healthy diet. This is another reason why Vicodin addicts often suffer from malnutrition.
A third possible reason for malnutrition in Vicodin addicts is a lack of money. This is not as common as the above two reasons since it is due to extremely severe addiction, but it does occur. If a person’s addiction to Vicodin or another drug is so severe that the addict spends every dollar he or she has on drugs, the addict may not have enough money for food. For that matter, the addict also may not have enough money for proper clothing and housing. Such cases are more rare than the other possible causes of malnutrition, but people in this situation do exist and should seek help from medical professionals.
Vicodin Addiction Help
Vicodin addiction is serious. If you are addicted to Vicodin or another drug, whether or not you are also malnourished, please seek help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today.