Vicodin is a prescription medication with an active ingredient from the opioid family. Opioids are a class of drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant. Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller, and acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Panadol. When used in a medical setting, opioids like Vicodin have powerful painkilling properties and are able to bring relief moderate to severe pain.
The slowed breathing that results from Vicodin abuse could prevent the brain from receiving the oxygen it needs, a condition called hypoxia. Hypoxia can lead to coma, permanent brain damage, and death.
If you take a large amount or have a strong batch, you could overdose. If you have any of the symptoms below, call an ambulance straight away by dialing 999 or 112:
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.
The effects of taking Vicodin with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.