Vicodin is a trademarked brand narcotic analgesic product containing hydrocodone and paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen). Vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.[1] It is usually found in tablet form with either the names Vicodin, Vicodin ES, or Vicodin HP imprinted on one side.


[edit] Typical Doseage

-When Vicodin contains 500 mg paracetamol and 5 mg hydrocodone. Typical dosage is 1-2 tablets as needed, max 8 tablets/day.

-When Vicodin ES contains 750 mg paracetamol and 7.5 mg hydrocodone. Typical dosage is 1 tablet as needed, max 5 tablets/day.

-When Vicodin HP contains 660 mg paracetamol and 10 mg hydrocodone. Typical dosage is 1 tablet as needed, max 6 tablets/day.

[edit] Uses

Vicodin is used to manage pain. It is most commonly prescribed for relief of moderate to moderately severe pain of acute, chronic, or post-operative types. It can also be used to treat severe cough.

[edit] Side Effects

Side effects for Vicodin are most commonly upset stomach, nausea, and altered mental status (e.g., dizziness, light headedness). Other more rare side effects include allergic reaction, seizures, clammy skin, hallucinations, severe weakness, dizziness, hyperventilation, unconsciousness, jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin), unusual fatigue, bleeding, bruising, stomach pain[13], constipation, dry mouth, decreased appetite, muscle twitches, sweating, hot flashes, itching, tinnitus, hearing loss, decreased urination, and altered sex drive. Vicodin also has depressant effects on the central nervous system. For these reasons it is very important for patients to follow doseage instructions.

[edit] Relation to House

House has been prescribed Vicodin to manage pain stemming from an infarction in his quadriceps muscle incurred some years earlier. Although during season 5 he begins to suffer side effects from over using of the medication.

Last edited by malted milk on 7 May 2010 at 14:49
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