Vicodin is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever, and acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.
Vicodin is a drug whose negative side effects increase the longer the drug is consumed. With continued use, a person can experience more significant side effects, including the following:
- Shallow breathing
- Slow heartbeat
- Light-headed feelings and fainting
- Unusual thoughts or behavior
- Problems with urination
- Dark urine or clay-colored stools
Because Vicodin affects your emotional, physical and mental capabilities, it does not allow you to be in a position to make the best choices. Even the warning labels suggest that Vicodin can “cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions.”
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there are several forms of sexually transmitted diseases, including the following:
- Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching or burning.
- Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium and can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive organs.
- Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat.
- Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2).
- Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterium. Gonorrhea can grow easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes in women and the urethra in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs that causes symptoms such as lower abdominal pain. PID can damage the fallopian tubes and tissues in and near the uterus and ovaries. PID can lead to serious consequences, including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation and chronic pelvic pain.
- Syphilis is caused by a bacterium and can cause long-term complications and/or death if not adequately treated.
Each of these STDs comes with a variety of symptoms and can cause permanent damage to the people involved.
According to the CDC, there are several things that people can do to prevent STDs, including the following:
- Be abstinent.
- Limit the number of sex partners.
- Do not douche.
- Use latex male condoms consistently and correctly with every sex act, from start to finish.
- Some STDs can be treated with vaccines recommended for 11- or 12-year-old boys and girls. Boys and girls at ages 11 or 12 are most likely to have the best protection provided by HPV vaccines, and their immune response to the vaccine is better than older women and men.
- Be in a faithful relationship with one partner.
- Choose a partner who has had no or few prior sex partners.
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