Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

Hydrocodone, as a single drug component, is rarely prescribed but in combination with another analgesic, such as acetaminophen. The result is an increase in the effectiveness of the drug without increasing opioid-related side effects.

As a result, there are many hydrocodone compounds on the market today, including Vicodin and Lortab which are probably the most recognizable. While these compounds are known to provide relief for moderate to severe pain and as a cough suppressant, a person using them should be aware of the potential side effects and abuse indicators where hydrocodone help may be needed.

Side Effects of Hydrocodone Use

Most side effects associated with monitored hydrocodone use are mild and often require no treatment (also Hydrocodone Withdrawal), including:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Sweating
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation

Indicators of Hydrocodone Addiction

The primary reason that a person becomes addicted to hydrocodone is that the person’s body becomes tolerant to the current dosage, which then requires the person to increase the dosage to achieve the same initial effects.
It is relatively easy for a person to acquire hydrocodone products. First, they are relatively inexpensive. Next, they are rather easy to obtain, through semi-legal “doctor shopping” strategies, Internet purchases and illegal means. The signs of hydrocodone addiction can be difficult to identify, but is possible. Also, the rules associated with the categorization of hydrocodone are not as stringent, so it is possible to phone or fax a prescription to a pharmacy potentially without a rigid review.

So if a person is behaving in a manner that supports their craving and is experiencing side effects for an extended period of time, these are good indicators that they may be addicted to hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone Overdose

Hydrocodone abuse and overdose is not a reaction to a single ingredient as all hydrocodone products are combined with other active ingredients. So a person is at risk not only from the overdose symptoms of the hydrocodone but also from the other active and combined ingredients. These symptoms may include:

  • Cold, clammy skin
  • A slow heart rate or low blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing that, if untreated, could lead to cardiac arrest
  • Extreme drowsiness that, if untreated, could lead to a coma

Hydrocodone Treatment

The overdose symptoms presented clearly describe the need for immediate treatment for a person experiencing an overdose. Such treatment would require emergency medical personnel who provide strategies to counteract the overdose effects.

With the overdose managed, the addict would require ongoing supportive care treatment and rehabilitation treatment to respond to the physiological, emotional, mental, physical and psychological contributors to the addiction.

Get Help for Hydrocodone Addiction

Recovering from hydrocodone with proper medical supervision and support services is possible. If you or someone you know is addicted to hydrocodone, call our toll free number today at 855-396-2977. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about hydrocodone addiction treatment. We are here to help.