Vicodin generic name acetaminophen and hydrocodone is also sold under brand names Anexia, C0-Gesic, Dolorex Forte, Liquicet, Lorcet, Maxidone, Norco, Polygesic, Stagesic, Vicodin, Xodol, Zamicet, Zolvit and Zydone. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
The drug is a combination of two drugs acetaminophen and Hydrocodone.
Hydrocone is a narcotic pain reliever and Acetominophen is a lesser pain reliever that serves to increase the effect of Hydrocone.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as liver damage may occur.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, breathing problems, liver or kidney disease, head injury or tumour, low blood pressure, stomach or intestinal disorder, underactive thyroid, Addison’s disease, an adrenal gland disorder, curvature of the spine, mental illness or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Less serious side effects are feeling anxious, dizzy, drowsy, mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, headache, mood changes, blurred vision, ringing in the ears or dry mouth. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, lightheaded, faint, confusion, fear, unusual behaviour or thoughts, seizures or convulsions, urination problems, nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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