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Vicoprofen is a pain-relieving drug containing ibuprofen and hydrocodone. While ibuprofen is not addictive, hydrocodone can be habit-forming.
“Vicoprofen is a pain-relieving drug containing ibuprofen and hydrocodone.”
Someone who uses more than his or her prescribed dose, or who uses Vicoprofen more often than prescribed, may need Vicoprofen addiction treatment to break free of this drug. If you or someone you know wants to learn more about where to find help for Vicoprofen addiction, call for a free referral to the top rehab facility in your area.

Vicoprofen Addiction and Abuse

The hydrocodone in Vicoprofen is an opiate, so it is related to morphine, heroin and codeine. All opiates carry the potential for addiction. Some individuals who use this drug legitimately end up addicted after taking it for a while. They may find that it starts to take a higher dose to relieve pain. Some people continue to obtain the drug illicitly after their prescriptions run out. Others go from doctor to doctor in an attempt to obtain multiple prescriptions for the same drug. Any of these behaviors is a sign that Vicoprofen addiction treatment may be necessary.

A study published in the March 2012, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that patients over 66 who were prescribed a narcotic pain reliever within seven days after surgery were 44 percent more likely to become long-term opiate users.

Cravings and Withdrawal

“Withdrawal symptoms occur in people who attempt to quit using Vicoprofen on their own as well as individuals in an addiction treatment program.”
When someone stops taking Vicoprofen, he or she may experience withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms are more common in people who have been taking the drug for a long time or who take excessive amounts at once, but even people who have taken their exact prescribed dose may notice problems when withdrawing from this medication. The severity of symptoms depends on the person’s individual physiology as well as the dose of Vicoprofen he or she was taking. Withdrawal symptoms occur in people who attempt to quit using Vicoprofen on their own as well as individuals in an addiction treatment program. Some symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Goose bumps
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pain

Special Circumstances

Women who are pregnant and take any opiate, including Vicoprofen, may give birth to physically dependent babies. These infants may develop withdrawal symptoms after birth because they are suddenly deprived of the opiate that they had access to in the womb. In babies, withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Sneezing
  • Yawning
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive crying
  • Trembling
  • Increased respiration
  • Increased stool output
  • Hyperactive reflexes


Vicoprofen Detox and Withdrawal

The first stage of treatment for Vicoprofen addiction is Vicoprofen detox. During detox, the patient stops using the drug and goes through the withdrawal symptoms under the watchful eye of medical staff at the treatment facility. If the withdrawal symptoms are severe, a doctor may prescribe buprenorphine or naltrexone. These drugs can reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms but must be taken under the supervision of a physician. In some cases, a physician may decide to wean the patient off Vicoprofen gradually, lowering the dose slowly over time.

At an inpatient addiction treatment facility, medical staff members are on hand to help patients who have severe withdrawal symptoms. If the client is addicted to other substances in addition to Vicoprofen, he or she may need to receive treatment for all of the addictions at once. If the patient is still in pain from the initial problems that led to the prescription for Vicoprofen, he or she might need to start taking a different medication to ease the pain.

Research published in the journal Addiction by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that opiate addicts who entered into drug-free recovery housing and day treatment programs after completing a detox program were 10 times more likely to stay free of drugs than people who only went through detox.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Vicoprofen rehab involves much more than just detoxification and withdrawal. For successful recovery from drug abuse and addiction, most people need a treatment program that incorporates a long-term recovery plan. There are many different methods of treatment, so you might need to research several different Vicoprofen rehab centers before finding the right one for you.

Many Vicoprofen addiction treatment programs use a combination of individual and group therapy to address the issues behind the patient’s drug abuse and addiction, and to teach the client how to resist the temptation to use drugs in the future. Some programs are designed for specific populations, such as teens, executives or the elderly. Others have a holistic or spiritual-based approach. To learn more about the different options in private Vicoprofen addiction treatment clinics, call to speak to a referral counselor.

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