Autoimmune Disorders and Vicodin Addiction

Autoimmune Disorders and Vicodin AddictionAutoimmune disorders are conditions that occur in the body when the immune system begins to mistakenly attack the body, causing deterioration in healthy body tissue. In people with autoimmune disorders, the body cannot tell the difference between healthy and sick tissue. Where autoimmune disorders are concerned, the body is actually attacking itself.

Vicodin is a combination of the opiate hydrocodone, which is used to treat severe pain, and acetaminophen, which is used to treat pain and fever. As an opiate, Vicodin is classified as a narcotic, and is highly addictive if it is not used correctly.

Vicodin is prescribed to treat the pain that may occur due to autoimmune disorders, such as when the muscles in the body attack themselves. According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Vicodin is not meant to be used on a continual basis, and prolonged use may lead to serious addiction.

How Do Autoimmune Disorders Affect Addiction?

Autoimmune disorders are chronic disorders, which means that they persist over time periods greater than three months. These disorders are generally not curable, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), but are treatable.

Because autoimmune disorders persist over long periods of time, any medications provided to treat the symptoms that follow come with the caution that an addiction may occur. If a person with an autoimmune disorders uses medications to manage his disorder’s symptoms over an extended period of time without breaks, especially in the case of a narcotic like Vicodin, he faces an increased risk of addiction.

How is Vicodin Used in Treatment?

Vicodin is a frequently prescribed narcotic that is used to treat the pain that comes with muscle spasms and muscle and tissue deterioration caused by autoimmune disorders. The prescription drug is not meant to be used on a continual basis, as specified by the National Institute of Health (NIH). As autoimmune disorders are not curable, Vicodin may be prescribed on a short-term basis to help with pain.

The NIH recommends speaking to a doctor, counselor, or therapist when you believe you may become reliant or dependant on the medication used to treat the symptoms of autoimmune disorders. It is never too early or too late to seek help for addiction.

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