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Effect of Drug Use (VICODIN)

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Discuss the implications of one-time, casual, or long-term use on the physiology of the brain, and on behavior, mood, and cognition.

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Vicodin is a combination of acetaminophen (aka Tylenol), and hydrocodone (an Opiod), and is used for moderate to moderately severe pain (1). Vicodin has the potential for dependence and can cause severe side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, light-headedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. Acetaminophen has the potential to cause serious liver disease when taken in excess. Adults should not take more than 4000 milligrams (4 grams) of acetaminophen per day. Alcohol consumption may increase the risk of liver damage (2).

Vicodin gives a feeling of euphoria; however, after a person becomes addicted, they build up a tolerance and the body requires more of the drug to get the same euphoria as it needed previously. The effects of addiction to Vicodin are so severe that the body will gradually stop fighting off the effects and will lead to weakening of the immune system and the detox system. Over a period of long term use, users report having hallucinations, vision problems, and constant confusion, as well as heart ...

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The solution discusses the effect of drug use (VICODIN).