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Although most people tolerate Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about the possible problems that may apply to you. For example, dangers of Vicodin can include potential side effects.
Some of the most common side effects of this drug include:
Although side effects of Vicodin tend to be minor, there are some serious side effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as severe drowsiness, dark urine, or difficulty breathing.
Other Vicodin warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives). Also, you may not be able to take Vicodin if you have certain medical conditions, such as liver disease, hypothyroidism, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
(Click Vicodin Side Effects and Vicodin Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential dangers to be aware of before starting treatment with this medication. This article also explains what to tell your healthcare provider before using Vicodin and who may not be able to safely use the medication.)
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