Vicoprofen Addiction – Side Effects, Withdrawal, and Treatments

Last Updated: December 19, 2019

Authored by Nena Messina, Ph.D.

What is Vicoprofen?

Vicoprofen is the brand name for the medicine hydrocodone. This medication is a pain reliever and a cough suppressor. Therefore, It is similar to codeine while its effects is like morphine. It is prescribed by doctors as an anesthetic, making it one of the most abused types of pain medication. Moreover, many people can develop Vicoprofen addiction.

How does Vicoprofen Abuse Occur

Since the drug can be easily obtained through prescription, it’s abused due to its opioid effects. Abuse of this drug starts when the user takes it for recreational purposes, develops high tolerance leading to dependency, and afterward, addiction.

Vicoprofen abusers may take it orally and mix it with other substances such as alcohol. A few weeks after intake, dependency on this drug starts, mainly affecting the user’s brain in the production of endorphins. As a result, with prolonged drug use and abuse of Vicoprofen, the user will need to take more of this drug to function normally.

Side Effects of Vicoprofen

Doctors often prescribe Vicoprofen to patients after surgery and need to treat chronic pain. Among the common side effects that a patient will experience are:

  • Anxiety
  • Feeling drowsy
  • Constricted pupils
  • Difficulty to focus
  • Lethargy
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Euphoria
  • Feeling relaxed

Patient taking this drug could feel the side effects immediately. Because it is not time-released, individuals who have developed an addiction to the drug will need to increase the dosage to achieve the same high on Vicoprofen. There are cases where patients took 100 pills a day just to stay high.
There are also long-term side effects from the abuse of Vicoprofen that could lead to serious, life-threatening medical conditions. This includes liver damage, hearing loss, and death from overdose.

What are Vicoprofen Withdrawal Symptoms

The withdrawal symptoms do vary and can happen quickly among individuals who have taken larger doses. Additionally, this tends to be a painful journey because of the extreme amount of discomfort to the body as well as the psychological strain. Below are the withdrawal symptoms:

  • Feeling restless
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Chills
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Loose bowel movement (diarrhea)
  • Cold flashes
  • Goosebumps
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Restless leg (involuntary movement of the legs)
  • Runny nose
  • Mood swings
  • Sweats
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Teary eyes
  • Panic attack

How Addictive is Vicoprofen?

vicoprofen pillboxVicoprofen is the combination of opiate painkiller hydrocodone and the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen. As a result, the component opiate found in this drug could lead to addiction from long term use. With the combination of pain relief and feeling high, individual taking Vicoprofen will develop dependency which turns into an addiction.
There are certain factors that could also cause one’s addiction to Vicoprofen and may include the following reasons:

  • Vicoprofen is a prescribed drug for chronic pain. When a patient takes this drug for some time, he or she will develop a dependency on this drug.
  • Other external factors that will compel a user to depend on this drug are stress, depressions, peer pressure.

High tolerance to this drug could progress rapidly, which makes the user want more of this drug to achieve the same effect. When a user becomes used to taking this drug on a regular basis, he or she becomes physically and psychologically dependent on it. Do not hesitate to contact a specialist if any signs of Vicoprofen addiction are noticed.

How can Vicoprofen Addiction be Treated?

Vicoprofen is considered to be a powerful drug, and those individuals who abuse and become addicted to it will find it hard to quit. Users who stopped taking this drug will have to undergo a difficult withdrawal process from the physical and psychological dependence on it. This means they can’t function normally without it.
Detoxification is the first-line of treatment for people with addiction to Vicoprofen. This medical procedure is done at a hospital or any accredited drug treatment facility under the strict supervision of medical professionals. After the detoxifying, all the harmful toxins of Vicoprofen are removed from the system.
Patients undergoing abuse treatment are also given synthetic opiates to help manage withdrawal symptoms. In addition, the dosage is slowly tapered to reduce the discomfort and withdrawal symptoms. There are addiction treatment resources that will recommend minimal sedation to numb the patient during the withdrawal process. Patients are given the freedom to choose between inpatient and outpatient drug rehab services to help them get the right treatment and care for a complete recovery from the opioid addiction.

Page Sources

  1. The US Food and Drug Administration. VICOPROFEN.
  2. Walsh S. L., Nuzzo P. A., Lofwall M. R., Holtman J. R. Jr. The relative abuse liability of oral oxycodone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone assessed in prescription opioid abusers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2008; 98(3): 191–202. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2008.05.007.

Published on: January 24th, 2017

Updated on: December 19th, 2019

About Author

Nena Messina, Ph.D.

Nena Messina is a specialist in drug-related domestic violence. She devoted her life to the study of the connection between crime, mental health, and substance abuse. Apart from her work as management at addiction center, Nena regularly takes part in the educational program as a lecturer.


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