What Is Vicodin
Vicodin is known by the brand names Co-Gesic, Lorcet, Stagesic, Xodol, Zamicet, and Zydone. It is a combination of Hydrocodone and acetoaminophen. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever. It effects are boosted by use of mild pain reliever acetaminophen. Vicodin is basically a pain reliever effective for moderate to severe pains. It is said to have interfering effect on thinking and reacting abilities.
Acetaminophen is very dangerous to liver. Its overdose may damage the liver permanently and result into death. Hydrocodone, on the other hand, makes patient addicted to it and should not be taken without doctor’s recommendation. OTC drugs for cold, pain or allergy may sometimes contain acetaminophen. Thus, use of these drugs along with Vicodin should be avoided to prevent fatal overdose. Acetaminophen is abbreviated as APAP. Labels should be properly checked to locate APAP and its percentage in the medicine.
If you had a history of liver cirrhosis then Vicodin is not made for you. Vicodin should also be avoided if you are not a teetotaler. Asthma, drug addiction history, low blood pressure, previous head injury, hypothyroidism, Addison’s disease are the few cases which should be communicated to doctor before starting medication involving Vicodin. Hydrocodone is habit forming and thus it should be safely kept out of reach of everybody.
It is not known if harmful to fetus but it is definite to cause breathing problems in infants and newborns. Doctor should be aware of your baby planning and lactation stages if vicodin is being used for the treatment. Acetaminophen should be used in pregnancy when it is more important to access benefits of this medicine. It is not formally assigned to pregnancy category but can be used as antipyretic and pain reliever during the pregnancy for shorter periods. Acetaminophen has a very rare chance to develop rash in infants dependent on mother’s milk.
One to two tablets after every four to six hours is safe dosage. However, it should not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours. Dosage depends upon severity of pain and response to the drug. Existing medical condition should also be read properly before recommending the dose.
Aspirin, tramadol, ibuprofen, trazodone are few of the drugs that are checked in combination with Vicodin. Vicodin interacts with around 18 to 20 diseases. Common diseases of these are Infected diarrhea, biliary spasm, hypothyroidism, liver disease, prematurity and PKU to name a few.
The CNS-depressant effects of opioid analgesic may aggravate the confusion if combined with Vicodin. Thinking and psychomotor skills can go for a toss if additive effect increases. Depression, profound sedation and even comma may occur in case of additive effect of Vicodin. Thus, opioid drugs and chronic use of alcohol should not go together with the Vicodin components.