Cincinnati Drug injury lawyer and Product Liability Attorney reviewing common Vicodin Uses & Hydrocodone Injury Claims for plaintiffs nationwide
Hydrocodone is a narcotic analgesic used to treat severe pain. It has been an effective pain killer for many years though when hydrocodone (Vicodin) is used for a long period of time it may become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence.
Opioid drugs like hydrocodone are often abused to create a high that is similar to the high experienced with heroin use. Vicodin can be particularly dangerous, not only because of the opioid component, but also due to the ingredient acetaminophen, which can lead to liver toxicity.
Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids such hydrocodone have more than tripled since 1999, claiming tens of thousands of lives each year in the United States. As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) produced a guideline in 2016 that recommended shorter durations for opioid prescriptions and the use of non-drug treatments for pain.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury and Ohio product liability attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims against pharmaceutical companies.
Common Drugs Containing Hydrocodone
• Hysingla ER
• Zohydro ER
Side Effects of Vicodin & Hydrocodone Injury
Some side effects may occur that require medical attention. Contact a health care professional if you are unsure whether or not your drug reactions are safe or pose a serious health risk. The following side effects have been reported for users of Hydrocodone (Vicodin):
• Swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
• Persistent cough
• Body chills
• Trouble breathing
• Loss of voice
• Rapid weight gain or loss
• Tightness in the chest
• Tingling of the hands or feet
• Abdominal or stomach pain or discomfort
• Bladder pain
• Muscle spasms
Symptoms of Hydrocodone (Vicodin) Overdose
• Bluish lips and fingernails
• Blurred vision
• Change in consciousness
• Chest pain
• Cold and clammy skin
• Constricted pupils
• Coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
• Decreased responsiveness
• Increased sweating
• Irregular breathing
• Slow or irregular heartbeat
Hydrocodone Injury Lawsuits
The Lyon Firm specializes in drug injury cases and toxic tort litigation, representing plaintiffs nationwide. We have a history of engaging large drug companies who market and distribute dangerous medications without properly warning the consumer of the risks.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to Vicodin (Hydrocodone) use, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding hydrocodone injury.