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What Is Vicodin
What does it say: On your prescription? And, if you DON'T have a prescription, then the proper amount would be none. The therapeutic dose of hydrocodone is between 5 and 15 mg, usually combined with 325 mg of Acetaminophen (tylenol) in each tablet. A typical tablet contains 7.5 mg of hydrocodone, and 1-2 is the usual dose, depending on severity of pain and the level of tolerance of the individual. ...Read more
Call 911/narcan: Vicodin contains the opiate hydrocodone and tylenol (acetaminophen). opiates bind the Mu pain receptor. Major concern with overdose is that breathing can stop. If OD suspected, call 911 immediately. Some states are passing laws to have Narcan available which competes with opiates at the receptor to help reverse the effect (would put person in near immediate opiate withdrawal though but better than death) ...Read more
What if vicodin does not work for me after a surgical molar extraction. The bone had to be cut during the procedure and I am having a lot of pain.
Call the surgeon: Then call the oral surgeon and let him/her know. ...Read more
High: Don't know but I do know that if you have renal impairment, diabetic, hypertensive, or dehydrated and any renal abnormality, you will have it in your system longer, and it's effects will be more powerful. ...Read more
Unbearable tooth pain in every tooth. Been to dentists but can't afford what needs done. Vicodin doesn't ease the pain at all. What do I do?
No choice: You can't fix this yourself--it's not a diy project. There's no otc that will "cure" you. You need professional help. Talk to the dentist about a payment plan. ...Read more
Expired vicodin: Probably nothing. In underdeveloped expired meds are used without any issues. ...Read more
Fix the problem: Firstly, take an anti inflammatory like Ibuprofen rather then vicodin. If that doesn't work, vicodin will be more effective. Second, get the tooth checked out. If you don't take care of the problem, it will not go away. The longer you wait the more uncomfortable and stressed you will become and the situation will get worse rather then better. Good luck. ...Read more
What happens if prescribed vicodin, will doctors test for suboxone, and/or will it show up in a urine test?
Depends: On whether they are testing for it. Some test kits that doctors use test for all commonly used opioids (like methadone, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) buprenorphine - the opiate in suboxone) and others do not. But if you are saying you are on suboxone, it is because you are an opiate abuser. If that is the case, you should NOT be using vicodin, and you are playing games with your treatment. Get serious and STOP! ...Read more
No test: Overdose symptoms can be attributed to both the hydrocodone and Acetaminophen components of vicodin. Excess hydrocodone can cause a slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, difficult breathing, cold and clammy skin, extreme drowsiness which can progress to coma, cardiac arrest and death. Excess Acetaminophen can cause dark urine, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, low blood sugar. ...Read more
Addiction?: True addiction is the psychological need for the effects that a drug does for you. If you "need" it because the pain is not controlled without it, is not an addiction. It is a medical need for the clinical benefits of an agent. Diabetics are not "addicted" to Insulin but they "need" it to control their medical problem. If you feel that you "need" the med for anything other than for pain, seek tx. ...Read more
Alcohol/Vicodin: Excess sedation, confusion, stomach upset, depending on amount consumed. ...Read more
Withdrawal: If someone takes any opiate regularly, whether hydrocodone (the opiate in vicodin) or heroin, they will eventually become dependent on the medication, if they are taking enough of it long enough. The symptoms are those of withdrawal, which feels like having the flu -muscle aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hot and cold chills, sweating and others. If you are concerned, get help. ...Read more
Vicodin (hydrocodone) is a narcotoc (opioid)
which can cause constipation, nausea, impaired memory, and hypersensitivity to pain with long-term use. It has also been associated with hearing loss.
The tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) dose should be as low as possible. Try to stay below 2000mg per day of acetominophen. ...Read more
Hi, I am having surgery... The me wants to put my on IR Nucynta (tapentadol) instead of Vicodin. How would it compare to Vicodin? What would be an equivalent dose
About equal: The dosing of IR Nucynta (tapentadol) and hydrocodone (the narcotic in Vicodin) are pretty equivalent. No table I could find shows direct comparison of Vicodin to Nucynta (tapentadol). But 4mg morphine=12mg Hydrocodone. 4mg morphine=10mg Nucynta (tapentadol). So pretty comparable. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more
I need help...... Mentally. I can't find any antidepressant that works for me. The only time I feel "okay" is when I take a vicodin. What can I do?
See below: There is likely at least 25% of the population with insufficient response to traditional anti-depressants. Some of these patients respond to opioids. I suspect their depression is caused by an endorphin imbalance whether acquired by drugs or there innately. Opioids may be the only drugs which will help. ...Read more
Unusual: Most people get constipated from hydrocodone itself, and often get diarrhea when stopping. I recommend my patients start with something mild like a stool softener (dulcolax tabs - colace or surfak) one tab twice a day, then use a mild laxative like milk of magnesia 2 tblsp at night. If that doesn't work, senna-based laxatives, magnesium citrate or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) would be next best step. ...Read more
Sedation: It is likely that this combination will cause sedation depending upon the dosages. ...Read more