Hydrocodone belongs to the opiate family with close relatives including Percocet, OxyContin and Tylox. Opiates are a collection of drugs that relieve pain, particularly severe pain, and they are only available with a prescription. Also, a common trait of these drugs is their highly addictive quality. In this article, we hone in on Hydrocodone, its uses, side effects and withdrawal.
Hydrocodone is an orally ingested drug that is used for relief of moderate to severe pain. The United States is the biggest consumer of the substance, with the International Narcotics Control Board citing us as utilizing 99% of the world supply. Hydrocodone has many guises in the form of big brand names; does Vicodin ring a bell?
Like the other opiates, Hydrocodone has habit forming qualities. Opiates are known for giving the user feelings of euphoria and pleasure, so it is easy to fall for their addictive charms. When taking the drug for short periods, it is generally considered safe. However, the difficulty comes when the user is prescribed the substance for an extended period to manage pain. Like many addictive substances, the effects of Hydrocodone on the body start to reduce in strength, so the user needs more to feel the same heights of pleasure. A person in the height of addiction will continue to increase their dosage beyond the recommended amount, and side effects are highly unpleasant.
Side Effects of Hydrocodone Addiction
In the short term, the drug causes light-headedness, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. A user may exhibit some tell-tale physical symptoms such as narrowing pupils and itching. Really frightening, however, are the users that have reported a tightening in their chest and irregular breathing.
Consistent and ongoing abuse of the substance can cause a dangerous cocktail of both mental and physical illnesses. Depression is reported as a side effect, and very startling is the emergence of birth defects because of habitual ingestion while pregnant. Ultimately, Hydrocodone, like many other opiates can cause death by overdose.
Withdrawing is an unpleasant necessity if you are addicted to this dangerous opiate. It’s no different with Hydrocodone withdrawal. It is highly important that withdrawal is done in the care of a medical professional, and this is something that we can confidentially offer you. Our facilities are equipped with the best staff and amenities to aid you on your withdrawal journey.
The highly unpleasant side effects of opiate withdrawal include the following –
- Depression and Anxiety
- Racing heart and hypertension
- Feverish symptoms such as runny nose and headache
- Aggression and agitation
Going cold turkey without medical intervention can result in serious complications including heart problems and potential death. Therefore, it is so important to contact us to discuss undergoing a safe withdrawal.
The difficulty with addiction to any opiate is that the issue generally starts with the requirement for the substance. Medical conditions and injuries may require a very potent pain reliever, and ultimately opiates fall into this category. Often, what it comes down to is the user; are they an addictive person by nature? Herein lies the problem; an addictive personality may not come to light until the person is in the throes of substance abuse. Hydrocodone poses a very serious problem for the United States, as painkillers in general are abused more than any other substance in the country. If we do not come to grasps with the problem that has become deeply embedded in our society, we will continue to downward spiral. Prescription medication addiction is in a sense easier to cover up, because the user can explain its use more so than that of an illegal substance. The most important thing you can do for yourself or loved one battling addiction is to get help. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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.