Hycodan is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. It is a combination of hydrocodone and homatropine and is often prescribed for use as an anti-tussive (cough suppressant). Hycodan suppresses the area of the brain that controls the urge to cough and also blocks pain perception.
Hydrocodone is a dangerous opioid narcotic that attaches to the opioid receptors of the brain causing feelings of euphoria and well-being. The brain will start to identify these effects as “normal” and will start craving the drug. This is known as psychological dependence. Homatropine affects the transmission of specific brain chemicals and is also known to curb the risk of addiction to Hycodan.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that approximately 6% of American high school seniors are abusing cough medications. As an opioid narcotic, Hycodan is highly addictive. When it is taken long-term or abused it may cause physical and psychological dependence and addiction. The drug creates feelings of euphoria and pleasure and many people abuse the drug just to experience this type of “high”. Eventually, with continued use, the body will build up a tolerance to the drug and more of it will have to be ingested to produce the same euphoric effects as before. This behavior leads to Hycodan dependence and addiction.
Some adverse physical and psychological effects of Hycodan abuse may include swelling of the face, throat, lips and tongue, painful urination, dizziness, weakness, confusion, mood swings, crying spells, depression, anger, rage, anxiety, fear, impaired concentration, altered perception of reality, skin itching or rash, nausea, and constipation. Overdose toxicity of Hycodan on the body can produce physical effects such as slow heart beat, shallow breathing, cessation of breathing, clammy and/or blue skin, loss of consciousness, seizures and death. The contraindications of mixing Hycodan with alcohol or other drugs may include loss of consciousness, coma and death. Hycodan is a dangerous drug to be addicted to and anyone who is addicted to it should seek immediate professional help.
The most effective option for someone trying to recover from Hycodan addiction is at an inpatient rehab facility. Due to the long-term adverse effects that the drug has on the brain and body, detox should be supervised by experienced medical personnel.
Hycodan alters neurotransmission of brain messages to the body. When the drug is being removed from the body during detox, the brain will respond by producing withdrawal symptoms. A medical substitute of Hycodan is given to the patient to counter-balance this effect. This process allows the patient to be weaned off the Hycodan while the substitute drug helps to keep the patient stabile through the detox process. When this method is used as a rapid detox procedure, the patient is usually Hycodan free within three to five days.
Hycodan withdrawal symptoms may include stroke, respiratory depression, bradycardia, hypotension, stupor, cardiac arrest, circulatory collapse and death. Because of the acute dangers of Hycodan detox and withdrawal, the patient?s safest place to be is in a rehab facility where they will be monitored throughout the process. The experienced medical team knows exactly how to help the patient get through the process quickly and safely.
Follow-up to Hycodan detox includes psychological counseling and therapy. The patient will learn to identify the root cause of their addiction. Cognitive and behavior modification therapy will teach the patient new, healthy and constructive strategies for coping with stress, unrealistic expectations, abuse or any other problem that they may have to face now or in the future.
After the patient has received intensive psychological counseling they may be discharged from the rehab center. They may still receive counseling and support, as an outpatient, from their counselor. One of the many programs offered by rehab centers is the residential sober living program where the patient will live with other recovering patients before fully entering the outside world again. The advantages of the residential sober living halfway house program are many. The patient will become stronger, happier and more successful in their recovery while living in a safe and supportive environment. They will make new friends with other recovering patients by mutually bonding and supporting each other. The greatest value of this program is the prevention of relapse. It gives the patient time and space for healing and reflection before returning to their family and former life.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.