Side Effects Experienced with Vicodin

What are the Vicodin side effects a patient might experience while taking the drug?

  • An experience of lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • A settling feeling of euphoria
  • Sedation
  • Sometimes Vicodin triggers nausea and vomiting
  • Sometimes headaches are caused by a patient taking Vicodin
  • Hearing impairment
  • Permanent hearing loss
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • A patient’s central nervous system may experience considerable shifts in function while the patient is under the influence of Vicodin
  • The patient may experience persistent drowsiness
  • A sense of confusion or disconnection
  • Lethargy
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • A sense of uneasiness
  • Some patients experience mood swings or changes
  • Their muscles may feel limp
  • Vicodin may cause a slow heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Bladder spasm
  • Respiratory depression


The most severe side effect to be concerned about with Vicodin is how very easy it is to overdose on the drug.


When used in conjunction with alcohol, Vicodin increases the likelihood that a person will experience acute liver failure. If you take Vicodin at the same time as any other opiate, sedative, psychotropics or anticonvulsants, you raise the risk of dying due to respiratory failure because these types of drugs increase the respiratory depressant effects caused by Vicodin.


In a lot of ways Vicodin has been the face of the opioid epidemic. It put prescription opiate abuse on the map with such pop-culture references as the favorite intoxication of the main character on the hit television show House. His addiction was played out front and center in the series, taking away the glow of shame in order to see the rawness of the state of addiction. House is simultaneously aching for help and also for his next fix. Eminem rapped about Vicodin, and so did famed rapper Kendrick Lamar.


Like other opiates, Vicodin’s sense of euphoria really lays the groundwork for addiction very well. It lures in its victims with a calming — a relaxation — an altering of the central nervous system.

The high plausibility of complications when using this medication means that it should never be used without the supervision of a licensed medical professional.


If you or someone you love is addicted to Vicodin please get help as soon as possible.  


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