Vicodin Side Effects


Vicodin Side Effects

Vicodin, a powerful addictive prescription opiate (also referred to as a narcotic) is used to treat ongoing moderate to severe pain. Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

Misuse and abuse of Vicodin and generic versions of the painkiller can have numerous harmful health related consequences.


Generic Versions of Vicodin include Hydrocodone which contains Acetaminophen.

Vicodin Use Side Effects

Common side effects of Vicodin and generic versions when taken as prescribed include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Dry Mouth
  • Headache
  • Upset Stomach
  • Narrowed Pupils
  • Anxiety

Vicodin affects people differently but misuse can lead to liver damage because it contains acetaminophen. Other side effects of Vicodin abuse can include:

  • Dependence
  • Euphoria
  • Severe Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed Heart Beat
  • Weakness
  • Paranoia
  • Urination Difficulties
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Concentration Difficulties
  • Constipation
  • Coma
  • Death


Vicodin Overdose Symptoms

A life-threatening Vicodin overdose can occur when too much (an excessive amount) medication is taken. When Vicodin is combined with alcohol or when Vicodin is mixed with certain medications or illicit drugs the following can occur:

  • Extreme Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Heart Beat Slow or Stops
  • Skin is Cold, Clammy or Bluish in Color
  • Blue Lips
  • Jaundice
  • Liver Failure
  • Seizures
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Death

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