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Vicodin Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Hydrocodone is in a class of drugs known as narcotic analgesics. It is used to treat pain. It reduces fever through its action on the heat regulating center of the brain.

Vicodin Dosage

  • If you are taking Vicodin HP, then the usual starting dose is 1 tablet and up to a maximum of 6 tablets per day.
  • If you are taking Vicodin ES, then the usual dose is 1 tablet, up to a maximum of 5 tablets per day.

Uses of Vicodin

  • This medication is a combination of a narcotic and a non-narcotic used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Vicodin

Before taken Vicodin medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Vicodin. Side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Mood changes
  • Light-headedness
  • Mental clouding
  • Nausea
  • Itching
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Allergic reactions
  • Vomiting
  • Fear
  • Decreased mental and physical capability

Warnings and precautions before taking Vicodin:

  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.
  • You should be used Vicodin with caution if you have a severe liver or kidney disorder, an underactive thyroid gland, an enlarged prostate, or urethral stricture.
  • If you are taking prescription and nonprescription medications, especially acetaminophen, antidepressants, medications for cough, cold, or allergies, other pain relievers, tranquilizers, and vitamins, then you should tell your doctor.
  • You should tell your doctor if you are allergic to acetaminophen, sulfite, or any other drugs.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Vicodin with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Vicodin with the following:

  • Antianxiety drugs such as Valium and Librium
  • Drugs classified as MAO inhibitors
  • Nardil and Parnate
  • Major tranquilizers
Overdose

After taken Vicodin if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Vicodin overdose include:

  • Slow breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Tiredness
  • Small pupils
  • Nausea
  • Sweating


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