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Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

The name Vicodin refers to a proprietary blend of hydrocodone and paracetamol (acetaminophen). Used to treat moderate to severe pain, Vicodin can lead to addiction if its use is not properly managed. Once patients are addicted, Vicodin withdrawal may cause them to be reluctant to seek help. However, there are many treatment options to help willing patients through the withdrawal and rehabilitation process.

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms

Patients detoxing from Vicodin can expect to develop withdrawal symptoms between six to 12 hours after taking their last dose. Early symptoms of withdrawal include agitation, anxiety, and sweating. Muscle aches, yawning, insomnia, and a runny nose can also occur during the early phases of withdrawal.

Later Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. Cold sweats and convulsions are also common withdrawal symptoms. In addition to the physical symptoms of withdrawal, withdrawing from Vicodin can also cause psychological symptoms such as confusion and delirium. A lingering psychological addiction may also persist after physical symptoms have stopped.

Withdrawing from Vicodin: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Patients undergoing Vicodin detoxification should consider in-patient treatment for at least the first few days of withdrawal. Many patients elect to spend several weeks at an in-patient treatment facility. By choosing an in-patient facility, a patient can focus on the detoxification process without the distractions of daily life. For most patients, the physical symptoms of detoxification dissipates after several days and do not last longer than a week.

Once a patient has decided to undergo detoxification, he or she should discuss possible Vicodin withdrawal treatment methods with a doctor. Patients withdrawing from Vicodin may be eligible for rapid detox. Rapid detoxification involves placing the patient under anesthesia and then accelerating the detoxification process. Rapid detoxification, in most cases, can be completed in several hours. This procedure can also help patients avoid the majority of the discomfort associated with the detoxification process. However, medical conditions and the cost associated with rapid detoxification can make this treatment impractical for some patients.

Studies indicate mixed results for patients who elect to undergo rapid detox. While there are some indications that rapid detoxification is the best method for helping patients in the short term, long-term results may be more favorable if the patient uses traditional detoxification methods. For this reason, the patient should discuss their Vicodin consumption, medical history, and other applicable factors with their doctor before making a decision.

Traditional detoxification allows the patient to undergo withdrawal while conscious. In some cases, medications such as Clonidine may be offered. Clonidine reduces the muscle aches, cramping, and agitation that may be present during the detoxification process. This option is also less expensive than rapid detoxification.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Once detoxing is complete, a patient should consider further addiction treatment. This treatment focuses on addressing the root causes of drug addiction and helping the patient repair personal relationships. Rehabilitation facilities often use a mixture of group meetings, support groups, and individual therapy to address problems for each patient. Most patients who successfully break their Vicodin addiction view the rehabilitation process as a life-long effort.

After a patient has left a treatment facility and is no longer addicted to Vicodin, it is often recommended that he or she attend Narcotics Anonymous or another type of support group. Support groups can offer daily encouragement for people who have recently left a rehabilitation facility. In some cases, regular meetings with a psychologist may be recommended to help address any underlying causes of Vicodin addiction.

If you know someone who may be undergoing Vicodin withdrawal, call 1-888-935-1318 Who Answers? for more information. This around-the-clock helpline offers confidential information about rehabilitation facilities and treatment options for Vicodin addiction.

Vicodin Information at a Glance
Medication Name, Costs Class of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Vicodin
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen
  • Brand Name: N/A
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: Roughly $36 per 45 tablets
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Pain reliever
  • Function or Use at High Dose: N/A
  • Chemical Makeup: C18H21NO3
  • System: Narcotic analgesic
  • Duration of Action: 4-6 hours
Form, Intake, and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablet
  • Administration Routes: Oral
  • Dosage: Each tablet contains 5mg hydrocodone bitartrate and 500mg acetaminophen
  • Overdose: N/A
  • Alcohol Interaction: Vicodin should not be taken with alcohol.
  • Illicit Drugs: It is not recommended to take Vicodin with any illicit drugs.
  • Prescription Medications: Consult your doctor before taking Vicodin with any other prescription medications.
  • Contraindications: Those who have been hypersensitive to other hydrocodone or acetaminophen medications may also be hypersensitive to Vicodin.
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Lightheadedness, dizziness
  • Long-Term: Liver failure, sedation
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Because Vicodin is an opiate, there is a high risk of abuse.
  • Signs of Abuse: Neglect, anxiety, nausea
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: N/A
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Headaches, fatigue, sleepiness, irritability, dilated pupils, shakes, tremors, insomnia, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, runny nose, fever
  • Tolerance: Because Vicodin in an opioid, your body will build up a tolerance against it as time goes on.
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence:Your body doesn’t physically need the Vicodin, but your brain will tell it that it does.
  • Psychological Dependence: Your brain will eventually come to think that it needs Vicodin in order for your body to function properly, which is what causes withdrawal symptoms.
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule III


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Vicodin Withdrawals Last?

The timeline for Vicodin withdrawals can differ depending on how addicted the person is. The typical duration, however, is about the length of several weeks.

Do You Have a List of Popular Slang or Street Names for Vicodin?

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What are Common Misspellings?

Vikodin withdrawl, Vicoden withdrawls, Vikoden withdrawel, Vickodin withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

If you’re seeking a natural alternative to help relieve the pains of withdrawal, you should look into rehab centers. They can provide relief and ease the pains of withdrawal better than a home remedy can.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Vicodin?

Depending on the method used, it can take several hours or several days. If you’re looking into different options and programs, try using our online system or call 1-888-935-1318 Who Answers?. It takes time to detox, and medical centers can help.

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