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Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances:
VICODIN HP (Vicodin HP 660 mg / 10 mg)
Generic Name: acetaminophen/hydrocodone
Imprint: VICODIN HP
Strength: 660 mg / 10 mg
Size: 18.00 mm
Shape: Elliptical / Oval
Drug Class: Narcotic analgesic combinations
What is Vicodin 10mg?
Vicodin 10mg is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances:
Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever, useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to morphine. In addition, hydrocodone has some utility as a cough suppressant similar to codeine. The second substance contained in this combination pharmaceutical – acetaminophen – is an antipyretic (or fever-reducer) and mild pain reliever found in many over-the-counter products.
Hydrocodone was the most frequently dispensed opiate medication.
Uses of Vicodin 10mg
This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains an opioid (narcotic) pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever.
This product is not recommended for use in children younger than 6 years due to an increased risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing).
How to use Vicodin 10mg
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to take this drug with food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible).
If you are using a liquid form of this medication, use a medication measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on weight. Do not increase your dose, take the medication more frequently, or take it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed. Vicodin 10mg.
Pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has worsened, the medication may not work as well. Vicodin 10mg.
If you have ongoing pain (such as due to cancer), your doctor may direct you to also take long-acting opioid medications. In that case, this medication might be used for sudden (breakthrough) pain only as needed. Other pain relievers (such as ibuprofen, naproxen) may also be prescribed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely with other drugs. Vicodin 10mg.
This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as restlessness, watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, sweating, muscle aches) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions right away. Vicodin 10mg.
When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well. Vicodin 10mg.
Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Vicodin 10mg.
Tell your doctor if your pain persists or worsens.
In an effort to limit the potential for abuse, Vicodin was moved from a Schedule III controlled substance to a Schedule II controlled substance in 2014. This decision places limits on prescriptions of Vicodin 10mg and increases penalties for possession and distribution of the substance.
When used as directed, Vicodin 10mg is a helpful product used for moderate to severe pain. However, when used without a prescription or in ways other than directed, Vicodin 10mg is a drug associated with many unwanted physical, mental, and social consequences including addiction, tolerance, and dependence.
Vicodin 10mg Prescribing Information
Generic Name: hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen Dosage Form: tablet Warning Show On This Page Warnings Boxed Warning Description Clinical Pharmacology Indications and Usage Contraindications Precautions Patient Counseling Information Drug Interactions Adverse Reactions Drug Abuse and Dependence. Vicodin 10mg
Short Term Effects of Vicodin 10mg
Since Vicodin 10mg contains hydrocodone – an opioid substance – the drug will lead to effects that are similar to other opiates like morphine and heroin. Vicodin 10mg.
All opiate effects are achieved when the substance enters the body and connects to opioid receptors. These receptors are located throughout the body in areas like: Vicodin
The spinal cord.
The gastrointestinal tract.
Various other organ systems.
Once the opioid substance in Vicodin 10mg attaches to these sites, a cascade of chemical events transpires–ultimately producing the desired effects, which include:
Lower perception of current pain.
Suppression of cough reflex.
Feelings of euphoria.
Feeling of calm and relaxation. Vicodin
These influences will be present in people that use the substance as prescribed as well as those abusing the substance. Contact us.
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