What is Vicodin?
A) Vicodin is one of the most commonly abused prescription pain medications today.
One of the most widely prescribed medications, Vicodin and its related medications,
loricet, loritab percodan, and oxycontin are opioid-based pain medications. Vicodin
is a derivative of opium, which also used to manufacture heroin. Vicodin successfully
diminishes pain, but it is highly addictive and withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin
addiction are very similar to the pain it was relieving.
How is Vicodin used?
Vicodin when abused can be taken: orally in pill form, chewed, or crushed (then
snorted like cocaine).
What are the effects of Vicodin?
Over months of Vicodin use the Vicodin effects will become greater and more damaging.
At first the user will endure such effects as constipation, speeding up or the
slowing down of the heart rate, nausea, and dizziness. As the use grows the Vicodin
effects will come in the form of blurred vision, hallucinations, and sever confusion.
What are the symptoms of withdrawal?
What prescription drugs does Vicodin interact with?
Elavil, Nardil, Tofranol
What is Vicodin addiction?
Many people taking Vicodin longer than medically necessary keep using it thinking
that if they were to stop taking Vicodin, their pain would return. In reality,
the fear of Vicodin withdrawal can be a strong motivating factor in the continuing
use of Vicodin, and more importantly, the feeling that more Vicodin is needed
to combat the same pain. Over a period of time more and more Vicodin is needed
to have the same pain relieving effects and to ward off Vicodin withdrawal symptoms.
Many people end up taking more and more Vicodin or changing medications and switching
to a strong medication such as oxycontin or loritab and taking more and more of
these, due to the highly addictive qualities of these medications.
fraud is a crime that is committed by people who have become addicted to Vicodin
and then have their supply cut off without being referred to treatment. The Vicodin
addict rationalizes this behavior, which includes fabricating or exaggerating
pain symptoms in order to illicit sympathy, seeking Vicodin from many doctors
at the same time, and using fraudulent prescriptions, often created by altering
the quantity of number of refills.
people who obtain Vicodin by committing prescription medication fraud are good
citizens who wouldn't commit any other crime. They are motivated to do this by
the physical symptoms of their Vicodin addiction, which may remain unrecognized
by physicians. They are feeling desperate and can see no way out other than the
downward spiral of Vicodin addiction. Many Vicodin addicts exaggerate or fabricate
symptoms to a doctor hoping to convince them to prescribe more or stronger drugs
than are necessary. Upon recognizing this, the doctor may refuse to prescribe
any more medication. The Vicodin addict at this point may do one of several things.
He may see one or many other physicians simultaneously to obtain Vicodin. This
is called physician hopping. Finding prescriptions for Vicodin written by more
than one physician is evidence of this.
times, Vicodin addiction goes unrecognized by all, including the Vicodin addict
until an abrupt change occurs. This change can come in the form of arrest and
incarceration of the Vicodin addict for prescription fraud. When this happens,
Vicodin user cannot obtain Vicodin and goes into Vicodin withdrawal.
How often is Vicodin abused?
It is estimated that in 1999, 4 million people were currently using prescription
drugs non-medically. Of these, 2.6 million misused pain relievers the most common
of which is Vicodin.
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