Vicodin Addiction

What To Expect When Withdrawing From Vicodin

Vicodin is a very highly addictive, pain medication that is often prescribed to treat severe pain such as arthritis, migraines, and cancer. It is important that you know the risks of taking these drugs, before you consider using them as a pain management treatment.

Mild Side Effects Of Vicodin

If vicodin is taken as prescribed by your physician, you may only experience a few mild side effects including dizziness and sleepiness. Many vicodin users think that they can control their pain by only taking it, when they are having severe pain, but medical experts beg to differ. Most physicians will advise that you take the medication around the clock, without skipping doses. Pain is so much easier to control, if it does not get to the point, where it is unbearable. By taking the pain medication around the clock, without skipping doses, your pain will stay at a low level, at all times.

Severe Side Effects Of Vicodin

If you find yourself experiencing dyspnea (shortness of breath) or chest tightness, it is advised that you seek emergency assistance immediately. While these symptoms may not be life threatening, they can be signs of an allergic reaction or could potentially lead to anaphylactic shock. Stop taking the medication immediately and call 911.

Misuse Of Vicodin

Most people that start taking vicodin or other opioid pain medication will follow the directions to the tee, but over time they will find that the medication is not as effective for treating their pain. This will lead to experimentation of the drug, which can potentially lead to addiction. Over two million Americans are suffering with some sort of drug addiction. Vicodin addiction is the fifth leading type of addiction, with marijuana being the first. Over time your body will become immune to vicodin, which is typically what causes someone to start taking more than prescribed.

Getting Help

Many people that are addicted to prescription pain medications will deny the fact. They will justify their use or overuse, because the medication was doctor prescribed. If you received the drugs legally, this does not make it okay to abuse them. The first step to getting help is admitting that you have an addiction, which can be difficult for some people, especially with prescription drugs.

Avoid Dramatic Stoppage

Dramatic stoppage is definitely not advised, when it comes to opiate pain medications. The body will experience shock, which can be life threatening, if you decide to attempt to go “cold turkey”. While there are normal side effects of vicodin withdrawal including diaphoresis (excessive sweating), insomnia, and continuous yawning, there are some very severe side effects that can be very dangerous.

  • Muscle Cramps & Spasms
  • Diarrhea & Vomiting

There are many drug rehabs that are more than willing to assist in your recovery efforts. Take the time to sign into one of them, because it is a lot safer than trying to go it alone. There you will be able to get psychological help, as well as the emotional help that is required in drug recovery.