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Common side effects of Vicodin include drowsiness, nausea, and dizziness. While these side effects generally require little or no treatment, potentially serious problems are possible while taking this medication. If you experience more serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing, signs of liver damage, or an urge to take more Vicodin than prescribed, notify your healthcare provider right away.
An Introduction to Vicodin Side EffectsAs with any medicine, Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Vicodin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Vicodin side effects with you.)
Common Side Effects of VicodinVicodin has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the real medication, while another group was given a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it is possible to see what Vicodin side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group who took the placebo.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Vicodin included:
Taking Vicodin with food may help reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting. Many people consider themselves "allergic" to Vicodin if they experience nausea and vomiting while taking it. However, this is a common side effect and does not indicate a true allergy. In many cases, this side effect goes away as a person continues to use Vicodin.