Tussionex Withdrawal Treatment
Tussionex is the brand name of an antihistamine drug that is prescribed to treat the symptoms of a cold, allergies, flu or upper respiratory infections. Typical symptoms are a runny nose, itching, watery eyes, cough and sneezing. As an antihistamine, Tussionex suppresses the natural chemical histamine in the body that causes the symptoms.
The drug is a combination of hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine. Hydrocodone is classified as a Schedule II controlled opioid narcotic in the U.S. and it is highly addictive if abused. Hydrocodone acts on the “cough center” of the brain to suppress the urge to cough and it also relieves pain. Chlorpheniramine is the antihistamine part of the drug that suppresses mucus production and blocks the allergic reactions in the body.
When taking Tussionex at higher doses than recommended the drug will produce feelings of euphoria, pleasure and a numbing sensation throughout the body. It may also create a cooling effect in the lungs and warmth in the stomach area. Symptoms of Tussionex abuse include shallow breathing, trouble urinating or painful urinating, confusion, anxiety, chest tightness, stomach problems, increased heart rate, blurred vision, dizziness, skin rash or itching, sedation, mood swings, fear, impaired concentration or memory, sweating, weakness, impaired coordination and tremors.
Tussionex is a dangerous drug when it is abused or mixed with alcohol or other drugs and may adversely affect the central nervous system leading to death. Overdose and toxicity of the drug will require immediate medical intervention. Overdose and toxicity symptoms include nausea; vomiting; severe dizziness; sedation; convulsions; shallow breathing; weak pulse; cold and clammy skin; blue colored skin, lips and fingernails; flushing; enlarged pupils; fainting and cessation of breathing.
The severity of the withdrawal process may be dependent upon how long the patient was using Tussionex and at what dosage. Withdrawal from Tussionex can be painful and frightening for anyone to endure. To have the peace of mind of knowing that there is a safe withdrawal process option is priceless.
At an inpatient rehab facility, the patient will receive the appropriate treatments and medical attention required to get through the detox process. Tussionex, as an opioid drug, is both physically and psychologically addictive and withdrawal symptoms may affect both parts of the body. The patient will be monitored while they are being weaned off the drug during the detox process. Medications may be given to eliminate or greatly reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
Addiction to Tussionex has caused the body and mind to become used to the presence of the chemicals of the drug. As the patient is going through the detox process, the body is struggling to maintain balance as it readjusts to the effects of losing the presence of these chemicals. This is what causes the withdrawal symptoms.
The most common physical symptoms from Tussionex withdrawal may include pain, sweating, sneezing, watery eyes, extreme drug craving, stomach cramps, diarrhea, dehydration, electrolyte loss, rapid heart beat, fever, shivering, tremors, insomnia, low energy, and a pins and needles sensation throughout the body. Psychological symptoms include agitation, hallucinations, restlessness, depression, extreme anxiety, irritability, poor concentration and social isolation.
After considering the enormity of experiencing these types of withdrawal symptoms, it is a great relief to know that you or your loved one can be helped by experienced medical professionals. Experiencing the burden of withdrawal symptoms will be greatly reduced at an inpatient detox facility.
Once the patient has completed the detox process they will begin psychological counseling and therapy. Rehabilitation and behavior modification techniques will re-train both the thinking and behavior of the patient. These psychological modalities will help the patient avoid relapse. Exercise, nutritious food, vitamin/mineral supplementation, meditation, prayer and other programs will help to build a strong body, mind and spirit. Individual, group and family counseling will help to heal relationships and build stronger ones for the future. The patient will continue with aftercare treatments to keep them focused on recovery, avoiding relapse and staying in control of their 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.