Everything You Need to Know About Why Hydrocodone Abuse Is Dangerous

Everything You Need to Know About Why Hydrocodone Abuse Is Dangerous

Hydrocodone is one of the most commonly prescribed narcotic painkillers available. It is used in a variety of brand name and generic pain pills and is highly effective at relieving moderate to severe pain. Millions of people are give hydrocodone prescriptions to treat pain resulting from the following:

  • Post surgical pain
  • Acute back pain
  • Pain following an injury
  • Fibromyalgia, cancer or other systemic pain disorders

More people are being given hydrocodone than ever before, but many do not realize how dangerous this drug can be.

Hydrocodone Stops Working Over Time

As with all opiates, the brain eventually develops a tolerance to hydrocodone. When the drug is first used most patients experience some level of euphoric high. This is because hydrocodone blocks the following emotional symptoms as it blocks the sensing of physical pain:

  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression

As the body gets used to the presence of hydrocodone, its pain blocking and euphoric properties are reduced. Therefore, in order to feel the desired effects the user must take larger or more frequent doses of the drug. Many people continue to use more and more hydrocodone but find that their pain – or their underlying psychological distress – is no longer effectively managed by the substance. This can lead to the return of disabling pain alongside severe and deeply problematic anxiety or depression.

Hydrocodone Can Have Serious Side Effects

Hydrocodone causes a wide range of side effects, including the following:

  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Impaired decision making (risky or uncharacteristically reckless behavior)
  • Seizures
  • Overdose
  • Coma
  • Death

Many people who are experiencing severe pain will overlook these symptoms because of their desperation for relief. Once a tolerance has been established, however, the user will almost certainly experience a wide range of withdrawal symptoms if his or her supply of the drug is disrupted.

Hydrocodone Is Highly Addictive

Other than overdose, the most significant risk associated with hydrocodone is addiction. Millions of people become dependent on this drug every year. This is because hydrocodone, which is essentially a synthetically produced version of heroin, creates a powerful physical and psychological dependence when it is used for more than a month. The following are some of the most common symptoms of hydrocodone addiction:

  • Taking more of the drug, or taking it more frequently, than your doctor prescribed
  • Being dishonest with friends or medical professionals in order to get more of the drug
  • Combining hydrocodone with other drugs in order to enhance its effects
  • Becoming defensive or irritable when asked about drug use
  • One or more failed attempts to quit using the drug

Many hydrocodone addicts had no idea that taking a prescription could become such a serious issue. Mothers and fathers, police officers, doctors, and even ministers, have become hooked on this powerful drug. These people often struggle to admit that they have a problem – even to themselves.

Hydrocodone Help Is Available Right Now

If you are struggling with hydrocodone dependence, or if you are worried about the way a friend or family member is using painkillers, please call our toll-free helpline right now. Our staff members are standing by 24 hours a day with free, confidential advice and answers to even the most difficult questions about the dangers of hydrocodone abuse. The call is completely confidential and there are no strings attached. We’re here to help you deal effectively with hydrocodone addiction. Call now.