What is Vicodin?
Vicodin is a brand name of a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. This drug is very effective at pain management and produces a euphoric high in large doses, making it “habit-forming” or potentially addictive.
Vicodin is an oral tablet that takes effect within an hour of taking it. When someone develops an addiction to the euphoric effects of this drug, they may crush their medication and snort it. They also may find ways to inject it, in which case it will take effect within minutes.
These tablets are a combination product containing two active ingredients: Acetaminophen and hydrocodone.
- Acetaminophen is a mild pain reliever and fever reducer found in drugs like Tylenol and Panadol. It can cause liver damage and even be life-threatening in very high dosages. However, it is unlikely to be abused alone. Acetaminophen is purchasable over-the-counter and is not significantly addictive.
- Hydrocodone is the heavy-hitter in Vicodin addiction. Hydrocodone is a potent opioid developed from the natural opiate codeine or thebaine. Like all opioids, this drug is a narcotic analgesic (painkilling) drug with highly addictive properties. It is similarly addictive to morphine.