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The Most Common Vicodin Street Names


Vicodin is one of the most widely abused drugs in the United States today, and at the forefront of the current opioid epidemic in the United States. With teenagers largely among those abusing the drugs, it’s important for parents to do what you can to keep your prescription drugs out of reach. However, this doesn’t mean that your teens will be unable to get their hands on them, as they are readily available in the streets.

As parents, it’s tough to know if your child is using drugs because they will often speak in code when they are talking about drugs so you won’t be able to pick up on it. But if you suspect your child is abusing painkillers, it’s a good idea to get familiar with their different street names and slang terminology, so you can help them to not become part of the statistics.

What is Vicodin?

Vicodin itself actually isn’t the name of a drug, rather is the brand name of a Schedule II narcotic painkiller that contains a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

Vicodin was introduced in 1978 by Knoll, a German pharmaceutical company. Initially classified as a schedule III opioid by the DEA under the Controlled Substances Act. Until recently, doctors have been able to call in prescription renewals to pharmacies, making Vicodin easy to attain.

That is until August 2014, when the DEA ruled to reclassify all hydrocodone products to Schedule II drugs because of the high levels of abuse and overdoses occurring across the country. This placed limits on the availability of Vicodin in the streets but did not seem to slow the growing opioid epidemic.

The main ingredient in Vicodin, hydrocodone, is a synthesized derivative of codeine. It was first developed in the 1920s as a less-addictive alternative to codeine for treating pain symptoms. While it is an effective painkiller, hydrocodone still has a high potential for addiction, and quickly began to be abused, growing to the epidemic levels we see today.

Still the most frequently prescribed pain reliever in the U.S., prescriptions for hydrocodone were cut by a third in 2017 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in response to the ongoing epidemic. Because hydrocodone is so readily available, it has become one of the most abused and heavily trafficked prescription opioid on the market.

Since it is synthetic, Vicodin falls under the opioid category of drugs, and is not, in fact, a naturally-occurring opiate like morphine. However, the terms opioid and opiate are often interchangeable when describing these drugs.

Vicodin is commonly prescribed for as a pain remedy but is also very popular as a recreational drug because of the intense, euphoric high it produces. Because it is mixed with acetaminophen, Vicodin also produces feelings of sedation and relaxation, as well as its intended pain-relieving effects.

Being a Schedule II drug means Vicodin is among the second most addictive drugs available, behind only Schedule I drugs like heroin. The highly addictive drug has plenty of side effects as well as dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Among them, Vicodin has a strong effect on the liver and is second only to alcohol in liver toxicity poisonings. The Vicodin withdrawal timeline can be tough to go through because of these dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Most of the time, Vicodin is taken orally, but it can also be crushed up and snorted or made into a solution that is injected, which can give a more powerful, and much faster high. Crushing the pills overrides their timed-release mechanisms, and allows users to feel their full effects all at once. Vicodin side effects may include itching, nausea, paranoia, constipation, and sweating.

What Are The Most Common Vicodin Street Names?

Having been around for many years with a long history of being an effective pain reliever, Vicodin remains one of the most prescribed pain relievers in America. Even despite recent regulations to limit its availability, Vicodin is readily available to those who want the drug, and rampant misuse continues. Because of its long history and availability, Vicodin has acquired many street names over the years, as well as slang terms that go with the Vicodin addiction behaviors, side effects, and ingestion methods associated with the drug.

Vicodin and other opioids have several different names when they are bought and sold illegally. These street names of these drugs are well known by drug dealers, addicts, buyers, sellers, and teenagers. The street names act as a code to fool parents, teachers, police, and anyone else who may disapprove of the recreational use of these drugs.

Because Vicodin is one of the most commonly abused drugs, it is very sought after by both users and dealers. Though names and lingo are constantly changing to find new and different ways to avoid detection, they are usually some kind of derivative of the brand name of the drug.

Here are some of the common street names for Vicodin:

  • Vikes
  • Vikings
  • Vics
  • Vicos
  • Vees
  • V-Itamin
  • Vicogesic
  • Vitamin V
  • Hydros
  • Fluff
  • Scratch
  • Tabs
  • Magnums
  • 357s
  • M357s
  • Around the worlds

The explanations for some are quite obvious, while others, at first glance, make no sense. This is why it’s easy for texts or conversations regarding Vicodin to go undetected. Vikes, Vikings, Vics, and Vicos, are all simple derivatives from the brand name itself. Vees, V-Itamin, Vicogesic, and Vitamin V, are also all in reference to the brand name but are a little more complex to not be so obvious.

Some others are still relatively easy to figure out. Hydros, as you may have guessed, comes from Vicodin’s hydrocodone content. 357s and M357s refer to the M357 imprint seen on Vicodin tablets. Magnums are in specific regard to the 5mg version of the drug. Around the worlds also refer to the 360 imprint on the tablet.

But that’s where it gets tricky. Scratch may be about the itching symptom users often experience. Fluff because of the feeling the drug gives you. Tabs simply because they come in tablet form.

For context, you might see or hear your teenager talking about how they were “fluffing so hard” or asking someone “Can I get some scratch?”

Vicodin Street Slang

While Vicodin street slang is constantly evolving to avoid detection, there are some phrases that are still fairly common that you can look out for:

  • Vicoshot – the combination of a crushed Vicodin with a shot of vodka or another alcohol
  • Vico-colada – the mixture of alcohol and Vicodin
  • Vicodaniac – refers to a person who takes a lot of Vicodin daily
  • Vicojay – a marijuana joint laced with Vicodin
  • Vicodized – a Vicodin induced state of drowsiness or fogginess
  • Vicopenia – refers to the state of being Vicodin deficient

Hydrocodone drugs also come in different brand names besides Vicodin. All intended for the use of pain associated with injury, surgical recovery, or illness, these drugs are interchangeable to Vicodin and will produce the same euphoric effects. They are typically combined with acetaminophen, but some may be used other substances. Generic brand names of Vicodin emerge when others see their patent expire. Generic forms are typically available at a lower cost.

Some of the other brand names of hydrocodone drugs are:

  • Norco
  • Lortab
  • Lorcet
  • Vicoprophine
  • Hycomine
  • Maxidone
  • Vendone
  • Hycet
  • Co-gesic
  • Liquicet
  • Dolacet
  • Anexsia
  • Zydone
  • Xodol

With more than 100 different brand name drugs containing hydrocodone commonly prescribed by doctors, there are plenty of street names to keep track of. These street names, like those associated with Vicodin, have evolved to elude detection, but many are simply derivatives of their brand name. Here is a partial list of some of the other hydrocodone brand names along with their associated street names:

  • Norcos – simply a pluralization of the drug brand, Norco
  • Lorris or Lorries – derivative of Lorcet and Lortab
  • Tabs – a back-end derivative of Lortab
  • Watsons – Lortab is made by Watson Pharmaceuticals
  • Zydos – derivative of Zydone
  • Maxi or Maxine – derivative of Maxidone
  • Hycet – SetHi
  • XO – derivative of Xodol
  • Ven or Vens – shortened version of Vendone

Additional generic nicknames include:

  • Hydro or Hydros
  • Cets
  • Dillies
  • HA
  • Tussin
  • Vitamin H
  • Watson387
  • 387s

These brand names, generic names and street names are mainly associated with hydrocodone/acetaminophen combinations, but you can’t be sure that’s what you’re getting when you acquire drugs on the street.

These are just a few of the street names for hydrocodone/acetaminophen. There are far more nicknames and street names for hydrocodone drugs that are mixed with other substances–far too many for us to list here. These other drugs are thought of as cousins to Vicodin.

Vicodin may also be mixed with other substances like aspirin and an assortment of cough medicines. Brand names for these Vicodin cousins include Percocet, Percodan, Darvon, Darvocet, Vicoprofen, among others. Some of these forms may be even stronger and more addictive than Vicodin, while others will have less of a strong effect.

A common issue with seeking opioids on the street is that you can never be sure what you are getting. Drug dealers can manufacture their own similar formulas, which will produce similar effects but can be extremely dangerous to users. Fake pills may appear almost identical to the real drugs. And since opioids come in many forms, the street names will be rather interchangeable.

The problem is, when you have a Vicodin addiction, you will take whatever they give you in order to get high.

Street Names of Hydrocodone Cough Suppressants

The versions of hydrocodone that are mixed with cough suppressants are easier to acquire but can be just as dangerous. Taken in liquid form, these drugs will produce the same feelings of euphoria as well as heavy sedation and numbing effects. The terminology related to these drugs is more a matter of context.

For instance, a user may say they were “sippin’ on the syrup” when they talk about getting high on one of these drugs. Tussionex, a brand name of a hydrocodone-based cough suppressant, is often referred to as “Tuss.” Other terminologies related to these cough suppressants include:

  • Syrup head – refers to someone who regularly uses hydrocodone cough suppressants
  • Tussing – the act of drinking Tussionex
  • Robo – a generic nickname for cough syrup
  • Robotripping or robodosing – nickname for being high on cough syrup, because of its potential for hallucinatory effects

Why It’s Important To Know These Street Names

While many of the names are admittedly silly and can be misinterpreted as a harmless conversation, it’s important to be aware of the common nicknames of the street names of these drugs because of their dangerous potential. Being ignorant of their street names will allow your teenagers to openly discuss the drugs or their drug use right in front of you, keeping their habits more “right under your nose” than you imagined. Arming yourself with these terms can help you know if your teenager has a problem, and puts you in a better position to do something.

How To Recognize New Street Names

Like any other drug, new street names emerge for Vicodin seemingly every day. There may also be street names that vary by region and cultural demographic. The more generics that are created means more street names will come along with them. So how can you keep up?

The best thing you can do to try and identify a new street name is to be familiar with the current street names, product names, and manufacturers. As you can see from the lists above, most street names are simply derivatives of the brand name or what is printed on the tablets. Names are typically similar to the brand names to help users and dealers keep track.

Another piece of advice is to pay attention. Don’t simply shrug off odd conversations that you may come across. If you hear odd terminology being thrown around in odd ways, go ahead and look the terms up online, especially if you suspect your teen is using drugs.

Catching this kind of behavior early is the best way to help keep their drug use from developing into a Vicodin addiction, but your teen is abusing drugs regularly, it’s important to remember that addiction is a disease. It isn’t the result of bad parenting or bad morals in your child. It can happen to anyone. And recovery from an addiction to a drug like Vicodin will require help from a professional teen drug treatment center.

The longer a painkiller addiction goes untreated, the harder it will be for your teen to recover successfully. Staying abreast on the street names of the drugs may be a key way to identify if they have a problem. If you or a loved one is addicted to Vicodin, Luminance Recovery can help. Our drug treatment facility has helped many people overcome their painkiller addiction. Call us today to learn more.

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