Vicodin: A way to cope with moderate physical pain
Vicodin is a drug that contains hydrocodone. It is in a group of drugs that are narcotic pain relievers. It can be compared to codeine. Vicodin has acetaminophen in it as well. The acetaminophen is less powerful and increases the effects of the hydrocodone. The combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone together in vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Vicodin is a strong drug and should be used as directed.
You should never take vicodin with alcohol or any other narcotic drugs or with any type of drug that will make you sleepy (prescription or over the counter). Mixing certain drugs together can create dangerous side effects that can be deadly. Because vicodin can be habit forming, it should only be used under doctors orders. It should only be used for the person that it is prescribed for. This drug should never be administered to anyone else. If you keep vicodin in your medicine cabinet, keep track of how many tablets have been used from each new bottle. Hydrocodone is known to be abused and you should be aware if any person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription. Therefore, this medication should be always stored in a safe place where others can not get to it.
Never use over the counter cough, cold, allergy, or pain medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. This is because acetaminophen is contained in many cold and pain medicines available over the counter. A possible acetaminophen overdose can occur if you take vicodin and other acetaminophen products together. Dangerous side effects can also occur if you mix vicodin and alcohol together. Anything that increases the effects of sleepiness, muscle relaxation should be avoided at all cost if taking vicodin. Taking them together can lead to extreme drowsiness or even a coma.
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