Vicodin is a well-known brand name for treating pain and is usually regarded as a very effective chronic pain killer. It is an opioid in the narcotic category which is similar to codeine. It is available in the forms of tablets or pills. Vicodin pills are legal to be prescribed by health care professionals. They are usually found in a round or oval shape tablet form. Generic forms of Vicodin pills come in either blue or yellow.
The dosage is recommended based on the physical condition of the patient and their response to the treatment. It is important to discuss the individual's history when using opiate drugs as medications. The other medications they may be taking and their respective diet are also important in recommending Vicodin pills because of the side effects they can have when used in combinations.
The dosages of Vicodin pills are adjusted if an individual has conditions of asthma, under active thyroid, liver or kidney disease, history of head injury or a brain tumor, mental illness, blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorder or alcohol or drug addiction.
The strength of Vicodin pills is based on the amount of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen, which are the prime components in Vicodin pills. Following is a description of each type of Vicodin pill to differentiate them based on their characteristics.
This type of Vicodin pill is the most common type. They have the strength of 5/500mg i.e. 5mg of hydrocodone bitartrate and 500 mg of acetaminophen. The color of the pill is white and the shape is an elliptical oval in more of a rectangular form. This is used mainly for the treatment of back pain, and rheumatoid arthritis. This is of the narcotic analgesic combination classification.
Its usage is can be recommended for pregnant women but there is a risk factor included. The Vicodin 5/500mg has the potential for addiction, but in a moderate level. This moderate level however, is capable of causing physical and psychological dependence. The recommended dosage for Vicodin is two tablets every four to six hours a day. The amount should not exceed more than eight tablets in a day.
Vicodin ES is a type of Vicodin pill that has strength of 7.5/750 mg i.e. 7.5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate and 750 mg of acetaminophen. The shape of the pill is an elliptical oval. This is recommended for moderate to severe levels of pain. The high amount of hydrocodone in this pill works in helping the brain change the way the body feels. This is in response to the pain in the body.
The acetaminophen amount helps in reducing fever. Because this is a high dose pill, some food is recommended to be taken with it to avoid nausea and vomiting. The amount of Vicodin ES (extra strength) taken has a moderate level of risk to addiction which cannot be avoided. This form is also capable of physical and psychological dependence. The recommended dosage is one tablet every four to six hours a day. The amount should not increase more than five tablets in a day.
Vicodin HP (high potency) is a very high dosage pill with strength of 10/660 mg i.e. 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate and 660 mg of acetaminophen. The shape is the same elliptical oval and the pills are available in a white color. This is also of the opioid analgesic antitussive category. It can be used for treatments of cough along with other types of pain. Because this is the highest dosage of Vicodin pills, special care is needed in its intake.
The recommended dosage is one tablet every four to six hours a day. This should not exceed more than six tablets in a day. Since it is a category C medication, it can cause breathing problems in an unborn or a newly born child as it can pass through the milk that the baby is nursed upon.
This is a high alert drug which can induce an emotional response to pain. It is recommended to monitor the physical effects after using the drug to avoid physical and psychological dependence and side effects. Even when the drug is discontinued, the withdrawal symptoms are also checked for any possible effects on the body..