When Does Vicodin Kick In?


shutterstock_344066750Vicodin is an opioid, analgesic, and antitussive that is mainly prescribed to treat pain. It is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid, and acetaminophen that helps absorb the opioid into the body. In addition to the hydrocodone and acetaminophen elements, Vicodin contains colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, pregelatinized starch, and stearic acid. Knowing the ingredients of the medication you are taking, whether for pain purposes or to achieve an artificial high, is important. You should know the affects and information about the drug you are going to use in order to better understand the risks and dangers you may be facing.

The drug usually begins to work from about 30 minutes to an hour after you consume the drug. However, the effects can take longer to appear if you have gained tolerance. Tolerance appears when you have used the drug repeatedly for a long period of time, and you must take larger doses more often to achieve the same high you once felt. The affects usually will peak about an hour to an hour and a half after the drug begins to take effect. It will continue to work for about two more hours before wearing off. In general, the drug’s effects last for about three to four hours after the initial effects begin. However, the drug’s physical effects will last for a shorter amount of time if you are using it to get high, as the larger dosage will create a higher tolerance.

The length and strength of the high and effects depend on several factors. Drug bioavailability is generally lower if the drug is taken orally. Direct deliverance to the veins through an IV create higher bioavailability, but can cause sudden euphoria or dizziness. Drug concentration can also affect the high, as a larger amount of the drug causes a stronger affect. Liquid drug is the fastest affect, while capsules are moderately fast in taking effect, but tablets are the slowest. If you decide to take Vicodin while you are taking other medication, you could be putting yourself at risk of death or injury. Some medications when used in combination with Vicodin can cause depression of the muscles and organ systems to dangerous levels, sometimes resulting in serious injury or death.

Vicodin has a high risk of addiction and dependency. Your body can easily become accustomed to it and depend on Vicodin to function normally, causing distressing withdrawal symptoms. Lead Recovery Center can help you deal with addiction and provide the safe, calm environment necessary for your recovery. No one needs to struggle through recovery on their own. Lead Recovery Center’s caring and encouraging facility can help you become the self you want to be. Find yourself the recovery program and therapy you need. Call Lead Recovery Center today at (800) 380-0012.