Vicoprofen is also generically known as hydrocodone or ibuprofen and is prescribed for the short term treatment of moderate to severe pain. The reasons why it reduces fever, pain and inflammation are not clear but it is thought that the combination of this opioid analgesic and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) may affect opiate receptors in the brain to significantly reduce how the body reacts to pain.
It has been scientifically proven that long term use of Vicoprofen can cause stomach ulcers and bleeding inside the stomach. For that reason, some doctors won't prescribe this medication for patients who are suffering with bowel conditions such as Chron's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Side effects can vary from person to person but some of the more unpleasant ones include vomiting, insomnia, heartburn, gas, dizziness, stomach pain, excess perspiration and violent headaches. Worryingly, in rare cases, Vicoprofen can even increase the risk of a patient having a heart attack or stroke.
Unfortunately, many people go on to develop a tolerance to this drug and they feel that they need to increase the dose because the Vicoprofen is no longer helping to ease the pain that they are feeling. This leads to people taking higher doses of the drug without consulting a doctor, and this can lead to addiction.
Vicoprofen can react adversely with numerous other drugs which can lead to further health complications and in some cases, cardiac arrest. If your doctor has prescribed a short course of Vicoprofen, a patient should definitely not take anti-depressants, aspirin, other NSAIDS, ACE inhibitors, Diuretics, blood thinners, corticosteroids, bronchodilators, ladder or bowel medications and methotrexate.
This is why it is very important to only take Vicoprofen if you are being monitored by a medical professional regularly. It is too easy to reach for an aspirin when a headache occurs, but obviously, aspirin should not be taken at the same time as Vicoprofen. In essence, a patient that has been prescribed this drug should carry around a list of other drugs that should be avoided to avoid any further unpleasant side effects.
Because the chances of becoming addicted to Vicoprofen are fairly high, more and more people will go on to have withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug altogether. Unless a physician is monitoring a patient who is trying to decrease the dose gradually, patients can expect withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, insomnia, diarrhoea, goose bumps, tremors, abnormal skin sensations, nausea, vomiting, shivering, runny nose, anxiety, muscle spasms and heart arrhythmia. Some patients have even reported feeling, seeing or hearing things that were not there and this in itself lead to further feelings of anxiety and agitation.
Generally, doctors tend to only prescribe this drug for a short period of time and recommend that patients take one tablet every four to six hours with a maximum of five tablets in a 24 hour period. Of course, the dose is sometimes adjusted for each individual patient depending on what other health conditions they may have and what other types of medications they are taking.
When patients eventually realize that they have increased their dosage and feel that they are relying on the drug to be able to function normally, the majority of them will most certainly seek advice. A qualified doctor can assess whether a person has formed an addiction and can then advise them how to gradually cut down on the drug safely. Without medical intervention though, a person would find it near impossible to stop taking Vicoprofen completely because of the serious withdrawal symptoms.
These days, it's too easy to pop a pill to cure an ache or pain rather than seeking other ways to deal with the discomfort. There are many natural herbal remedies available to help keep joints strong and healthy which can be very effective at preventing pain. Alternatively, if a person is suffering from a long-term painful condition it is far better to gat physical therapy or visit a qualified chiropractor as these types of treatments can ease pain and give much needed relief. There are also alternative treatments such as Reiki and acupuncture which are inexpensive and non-invasive pain relief options.