Vicodin is narcotic analgestic (pain killers) which contains Hydrocodone bitartrate and Acetaminophen(paracetamol) compunds.It is usually found in tablets form ,The acetaminophen in the formula increases the effects of the hydrocodone in relieving pain but also discourages drug abuse since the doses needed for recreation would have toxic amounts of paracetamol.
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Vicodin is on schedule III list of drugs,Schedule III drugs are classified by the U.S. Government as potentially causing moderate or low physical dependence or a high psychological dependence if abused.
Side effects for Vicodin include an allergic reaction, seizures, clammy skin, severe weakness, dizziness, hyperventilation, unconsciousness, jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin), unusual fatigue, bleeding, bruising, stomach pain,constipation, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, muscle twitches, sweating, hot flashes, itching, tinnitus, hearing loss, decreased urination, and decreased sex drive.Vicodin (in terms of hydrocodone) also has depressant effects on the central nervous system. However, some of the less mundane effects can be desirable effects that are sought after by some. Those effects include euphoria and drowsiness, as well as slowing of the pulse. Vicodin may also be a cause of stomach ulcers, although this is assumed to be due to the addition of other non-narcotic analgesics to hydrocodone preparations (e.g., aspirin, and ibuprofen). Paracetamol does not cause ulcers, unlike NSAIDS, but has a severe liver toxicity as of 8g per day or even 4g with renal insufficiency.