The symptoms of Vicodin addiction are much like the symptoms of other drug addictions in which the person becomes controlled by their need for the drug. Vicodin is relatively easy for users to become addicted to, especially if the person begins taking it more than prescribed or if they are in pain and it is not helping relieve the pain.
Vicodin is a commonly prescribed pain reliever that is made from acetaminophen (the same thing as Tylenol) and hydrocodone, which is a synthetic codeine. Because it is so commonly prescribed, many people can find themselves becoming addicted to Vicodin.
Vicodin may commonly be prescribed for injuries, back pain, joint or knee pain, migraines, and many other conditions. Since it is a pain reliever, people become dependent on no longer wanting to feel the pain.
Vicodin has several possible side effect symptoms that first-time users may feel. They include nausea and upset stomach, drowsiness, and dizziness. Emotional symptoms of vicodin use may include euphoria, apathy, and “warm and fuzzy” feelings. Any other symptoms while taking Vicodin should be discussed with a physician immeditaely.
When Vicodin is prescribed as pain medication, users may decide to take more than what has been prescribed and/or start taking them more frequently than prescribed, especially if the pain is severe.
Unfortunately, doing this causes you to build a tolerance to the drug, which then lessens its effectiveness in reducing pain. It also begins the habit of becoming dependent on vicodin as you begin to rely on it more and more.
Vicodin can also sometimes be abused by someone without the need of any pain medication at all. Illegally using the drugs that are someone else’s prescription (commonly done in high school – someone will be prescribed it for a sports injury or having wisdom teeth removed for example, and then share it or sell it to friends) can also set up someone to become addicted to Vicodin, especially if the use is frequent and their only objective of using Vicodin is to get high.
Here are the Symptoms of Vicodin Addiction:
Feeling physically ill – nausea, shaking, cold/hot flashes, muscle and/or bone pain, and restlessness.
Going to extreme measures to get a prescription for their Vicodin addiction (looking for it online, going to multiple doctors for multiple reasons, stealing it from people, etc.)
Family and Friends express concern over use – Since Vicodin addiction is relatively easy to conceal, if friends and family notice someone possibly overusing or abusing the drug it can be a huge warning sign that the person using Vicodin is losing control.
Use of Vicodin when operating a vehicle, at work, school, or other times when you should not take it and using Vicodin could put yourself or others at risk.
Feelings of anxiety and panic when you are almost out of Vicodin or completely out.
The symptoms of Vicodin addiction can be moderate to severe, depending on how long the person has been using the drug and their level of dependency.
Abusing Vicodin or taking more than prescribed and for an extended period of time can cause several long-term health consequences, including liver failure. If you are concerned that you may be starting to show the symptoms of Vicodin addiction, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor who can help you decide if your use if becoming a problem or to seek alternative treatments for pain relief if you are displaying any of the symptoms of Vicodin addiction.