Vicodin is a combination between Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. This is a prescription-only medication that is available both in a brand name form and a generic form. There are several different preparations available, including tablet form, capsule form and liquid form. The primary difference from preparation to preparation is the amount of acetaminophen that each medication contains. The amount of Acetaminophen in each dosage can vary from 500 mg to 750 mg. Sometimes the dosage of Hydrocodone may also vary, ranging from 2.5 mg to 10 mg. There are several different brand names aside from Vicodin that this medication combination is marketed under, including Norco, Lorcet, Anexsia and Vicodin ES.

Abusing Vicodin

There are two different basic ways that Vicodin is abused. The first is illicitly or recreationally, where someone acquires Vicodin on the street and they take it even though they do not have a legitimate need or a prescription with which to do so. The other type of abuse is a lot more innocent but just as dangerous. Many people start taking Vicodin legitimately for a real reason, and the medication is prescribed by their physician. Unfortunately, as they continue to use the medication, a physical dependence is formed and this leads to a perceived need to take more of the medication.

Many people unfortunately decide to make changes to their prescription without actually consulting their physician. The way that people abuse Vicodin is by taking more of the drug than they are supposed to in a single dosage, or taking multiple dosages more than they are meant to in a day. These forms of abuse seem innocent enough, but unfortunately they can have dire consequences.

If you take Vicodin regularly, then you abruptly stop taking this medication, then within a period of six to 12 hours you should begin experiencing what is known as withdrawal symptoms. The specific intensity of these withdrawal symptoms are going to depend on what degree of addiction you are experiencing. You should keep in mind that the symptoms of withdrawal are not going to be life threatening, but that does not mean that they are not quite uncomfortable for you to experience. The withdrawal symptoms associated with Vicodin can intensity for a period of between 24 and 72 hours, at which point they should generally begin to gradually decline. You should be aware of the fact that the declining process can last between seven and 14 days before the withdrawal period has ended.

Some of the symptoms associated with Vicodin withdrawal will include:

Sweating
Chills
Nausea
Irritability
Panic
Loss of Appetite
Runny Nose
Watering Eyes
Goose Bumps
Cold Flashes
Diarrhea and Vomiting
Bone Pain
Panic
Muscle Pain
Restlessness
Involuntary Movement of the Legs

These are not the only symptoms associated with Vicodin withdrawal but they are the most common.

Vicodin Withdrawal Treatment Options

One of the more addictive medications on the market today is Vicodin. Those who become addicted to this medication do so quickly and may find themselves in a surprising situation in no time at all.

Trying to fight an addiction without help is a somewhat an impossible battle.

Although you may get yourself out of the initial addiction, without treating the underlying causes for your addiction you are likely to fall back into old habits before long. The best course of action in treating an addiction of this or any other nature is with the help of professionals.

The treatment options offered by drug rehab centers are such that there is something for every addictive personality type. Whether you participate in cognitive behavioral rehabilitation or behavioral modification you will find that they help you not only overcome the physical need for the drug but also deal with the reason you are addicted in the first place from a mental health perspective. Drug rehab centers help you get past the initial physical addiction, deal with the reasons behind your addictive personality and help you master tools to keep yourself from being taken over by the addictive traits in the future. This is the only way to achieve long term success.