Vicodin® is an effective antitussive (anti-cough) agent, and as an opiate it is also an effective analgesic for mild to moderate pain control. Vicodin abuse is an increasing trend in non-chronic pain suffering persons. The abuser of these drugs has been shown not to be the inner city youth, but instead a famous actor, a suburban real estate agent, or your next door neighbor. First time abuse of these drugs has been surging, most commonly with the oxycodone and Vicodin type painkillers. The two differ slightly in their chemical makeup but have a similar effect on the body.
If a regular Vicodin user stops taking Vicodin, he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms within six to twelve hours but the symptoms are usually not life-threatening. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms from Vicodin® depend on the degree of the addiction. For example, the symptoms withdrawal from Vicodin® may grow stronger for twenty-four to seventy-two hours and then gradually decline over a period of seven to fourteen days. The duration of withdrawal symptoms from Vicodin varies greatly from person to person.
Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:
- intense cravings for the drug
- nausea or vomiting
- muscle aches
- runny nose or eyes
- dilated pupils
- inability to sleep