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Side Effects of Vicodin

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 05:01 PM

Vicodin is a prescription drug containing acetominophen and hydrocodone. It is categorized as a narcotic analgesic (pain reliever). Its primary use is to alleviate pain that is beyond over-the-counter medications and is intended for temporary use due to its addictive nature. It typically comes in tablet form and is taken orally. As with other prescription drugs, this pain reliever has side effects that vary from mild to severe.
The Most Common Side Effects of Vicodin include:
  • Dizzy spells
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea 
You should always inform your doctor about any of these symptoms in order to find other solutions or ways to alleviate them if you cannot cope with them.
Serious Side Effects Include:
  • Feelings of fear or anxiety
  • Extreme constipation
  • Confusion
  • Irregular breathing
  • Urination difficulties
  • Uncontrollable drowsiness
  • Lower than normal blood pressure 
  • Slow heart rate
  • The desire to take more than is recommended (long term use) 
  • Liver Damage (long term use)
If you experience these serious side effects you need to seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of Allergic Reaction to Vicodin include:
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Difficulty when breathing
  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling in the throat or mouth 
If you have an allergic reaction to this medication you should immediately seek medical attention.


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