Vicodin is the mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is an opioid while acetaminophen is a substance that is used in many over-the-counter cold medicines.
Vicodin slows down the central nervous system, giving the user a greater resistance to pain, similar to other opioids. As a combination substance, Lortab can create additional side effects that most other opioids do not. The usual mood swings, insomnia and headaches occur. Lightheadedness, lack of motivation and body aches can also occur.
The first signs of Vicodin addiction comes when one begins to stop using it for its intended purpose. This includes taking above the recommended dose, taking doses at inopportune times, using after it is no longer needed and using it simply to feel its effects.
Symptoms of withdrawal from Vicodin include sleeping difficulty, appetite loss, restlessness, nausea and other feverish symptoms. Liver damage can also occur, as it contains acetaminophen.
Common symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal feel similar to having a fever. There are a number of medications that can combat the negative effects of Vicodin withdrawal, but are not recommended in a lot of cases, as those substances have a similar pain-killing effect to opioids and users may develop a dependency with one of those instead.
Behavioral therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective treatments for opioid addictions, due to the nature of the drug. Opioids tend to put a positive stigma on it for the person using, and behavioral therapies can teach individuals to drop the stigma.
Depending on one’s usage history, the length of Vicodin detox can take anywhere between several days or months.