Vicoprofen is one of the many brand names for a hydrocodone-based drug, which also contains ibuprofen.
Unfortunately, this drug is often abused by those hoping to experience hydrocodone's euphoric high. Call 800-807-0951 now in order to find help and to put an end to your substance abuse as soon as possible.
Though the most frequently prescribed combination painkiller of this type is hydrocodone and acetaminophen, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Vicoprofen, which contains hydrocodone and ibuprofen, is also very popular. Many people sell the drug or give it to family members and friends, which makes its presence in abusive circles very prevalent. Vicoprofen is like all other opioid-based drugs in that it can cause a number of severe side effects, especially for those who abuse it, including addiction.
Signs and Symptoms of Vicoprofen Use
Vicoprofen often causes drowsiness and dizziness like other opioids. In addition, it promotes relaxation, minimizes pain, and causes confusion.
Patients are usually warned of these effects and told not to drive until they understand how the medication will affect them.
But according to the National Library of Medicine, there are other symptoms and signs associated with hydrocodone use, including:
- Fuzzy Thinking
- Abnormally Happy or Sad Mood
- Dry Throat
- Difficulty Urinating
- Narrowing of the Pupils
The ibuprofen in the drug does not usually cause intense symptoms, although it can when the medication is used over a prolonged period of time. Uncomfortable symptoms, like constipation, can be treated with other drugs if they do not go away. In general, though, the symptoms listed above are not severe.
Risks of Vicoprofen Use
However, there are a number of risks associated with Vicoprofen use. Overdose can be incredibly dangerous, as there are two active ingredients in the medication.
For example, the hydrocodone in the drug can cause respiratory depression and a slowed heartbeat that can become deadly. Slowed breathing, coma, and seizures can also occur as a result of an overdose of ibuprofen (NLM). This is why it is very important to be aware of your dosage amount when taking Vicoprofen and to seek help immediately if you think you or someone you know has overdosed on this drug.
Tolerance can also occur over time, as can dependence. A person is likely to rely on the drug after taking it consistently for several weeks or months, and they may develop withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop taking it. They will also need larger and larger doses over time to create the same effect. These issues do not only occur in those who abuse Vicoprofen but also, eventually, in those who take it as prescribed.
Hydrocodone is one of the most highly abused opioid drugs available, and those who misuse this medication put themselves at serious risk of experiencing all the issues listed above. In addition, many opioid abusers also take the drug with alcohol, which can slow the heart rate and breathing of an individual even more and increase one's chance of overdosing (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
Also, prescription opioid abusers put themselves at risk of eventually moving on to other drugs of abuse, including heroin. As stated by the NIDA, "Nearly half of young people who inject heroin surveyed in three recent studies reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin." Because the latter drug is cheaper and easier to obtain than Vicoprofen and other prescription narcotics, addicted individuals often go down this road, which has a number of additional risks.
Vicoprofen Addiction and Treatment
Vicoprofen addiction is treated in the same way that other opioid addictions are: with medication and behavioral therapy. A combination of these two treatment types helps to minimize the individual's withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and promote better life skills for the future. The individual should also be screened and treated for any co-occurring mental disorders as a part of their recovery.
All hydrocodone-based drugs can be abused and become addictive, and Vicoprofen is no exception. If you or your loved one needs help putting an end to substance abuse and creating a better life, call 800-807-0951 now to be matched with the best rehab program available.