Can I become addicted to Vicodin?
Taking Vicodin (hydrocortisone/APAP) in excess can lead to mental and physical addiction. Also, the longer you take the drug the more likely the previously prescribed dose will no longer be as effective as it was at first. Before starting the medication tell your doctor if you have a history of liver or kidney problems, an underactive thyroid gland, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate or narrowing of the urethra. Your doctor should also know if you have a history of alcoholism, substance abuse, seizures, head or brain injuries or psychiatric problems. Elderly people, people with lung conditions and those with poor health in general, should use Vicodin with caution, since it can slow breathing. It can also cause problems diagnosing and treating certain abdominal disorders.
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