Vicodin 10mg is a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. It is a combination product with the opioid narcotic hydrocodone bitartrate the nonnarcotic pain reliever acetaminophen. There are risks of interactions with other medications and substances you may be taking.
Vicodin 10mg is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. This painkiller may be prescribed for chronic pain in either short-acting or long-acting form.
How Vicodin 10mg Works
Vicodin 10mg is thought to interact with the nervous system to change the way pain is perceived, though its exact mechanism of pain control is not completely understood.
Acetaminophen is also not completely understood, though it is thought to inhibit certain bodily substances that contribute to the sensation of pain.
Dosage and Side Effects Vicodin 10mg
Vicodin is taken orally in a tablet form and contains 300 milligrams of acetaminophen and 5.0 milligrams of hydrocodone. The standard adult dose is one or two tablets every four to six hours as needed. The total daily dose should not exceed eight tablets.
Vicodin HP and Vicodin EP contain larger doses of the active drugs. Follow the recommended dosages listed on the drug insert, and speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
As with any prescription drugs, there are side effects associated with Vicodin use. They include:
Nausea or vomiting
Ringing in the ear
Liver toxicity (associated with the excessive use of acetaminophen)
Drug dependence (associated with prolonged use of hydrocodone
Depending on how much and for how long you have been taking Vicodin 10mg, the withdrawal symptoms can range from mile to very severe. Many patients, who used the medication only therapeutically as prescribed, sometimes do not even realize they are experiencing withdrawals. They report they are having flu-like symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms usually begin six to 30 hours after last use of the drug.
Early Symptoms of Vicodin Withdrawal Include:
Later Symptoms of Vicodin Withdrawal Include:
Nausea and vomiting. You may need Percocet 10mg also.