Vicodin is one of the most commonly abused prescription pain medications today. One of the most widely prescribed medications, Vicodin and its related medications, loricet, loritab percodan, and oxycontin are opioid-based pain medications.

Vicodin is a derivative of opium, which also used to manufacture heroin. Vicodin successfully diminishes pain, but it is highly addictive and withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin addiction are very similar to the pain it was relieving.

Vicodin when abused can be taken: orally in pill form, chewed, or crushed (then snorted like cocaine).

Over months of Vicodin use the effects will become greater and more damaging. At first the user will endure such effects as constipation, speeding up or the slowing down of the heart rate, nausea, and dizziness.

As the use grows the Vicodin effects will come in the form of blurred vision, hallucinations, and severe confusion., lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, constipation, nausea, vomiting,, and respiratory depression.

Signs of withdrawal include: restlessness, muscle pain, bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, goose bumps, involuntary leg movements, watery eyes, runny nose, loss of appetite, irritability, panic, nausea, chills, and sweating.

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