Hydrocodone Overview

Hydrocodone Overview

Hydrocodone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics as well as a class of medications called antitussives. Antitussives are used to suppress coughing. It is used to either relieve moderate to severe pain, or it is taken to relieve coughing. In both cases, hydrocodone helps the patient by going straight to the brain and changing the way it responds to things. For pain, it changes the way the brain responds to pain. With coughing, hydrocodone decreases the activity in the brain that causes coughing.

Hydrocodone is given in correlation with other ingredients, so it is important to look up all the other ingredients in order to better understand your medication. Hydrocodone may be habit-forming, so it is important to only take what your doctor prescribes or you may need hydrocodone help. Make sure to keep it stored away from children and people with a history of drug or hydrocodone abuse to ensure the safety of everyone. Keep the medication in the bottle it originally came in, clearly labeled so there is no confusion.  If one becomes addicted, it is comforting to know that Hydrocodone treatment is readily available.

Hydrocodone Dependency

Hydrocodone is a highly dependent drug. Often, hydrocodone addictions happen accidentally by patients unknowingly abusing their prescription medication. When used for a prolonged amount of time, the body becomes used to the amount of drugs administered. When this happens, the user has to take more to receive the initial effects. This is a dangerous thing to do because when a user does not take the medication, withdrawal symptoms will occur. When taking this drug, the patient needs to do exactly as the doctor says to stay clear of addiction. It is important to talk to your doctor before getting off of hydrocodone to ensure that withdrawal symptoms do not occur.

How to Use Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone can come in various forms. It may come as a tablet, a capsule, syrup, a solution (clear liquid), an extended-release (long-acting) capsule, and an extended-release (long-acting) suspension (liquid) to take by mouth. The extended-release forms are usually taken every 12 hours, while everything else is taken every four to six hours as needed. It is important to follow the directions the doctor provides on the label. Do not crush or chew the extended-release capsule because that would release too much hydrocodone into the bloodstream all at once. The extended-release suspension is not to be mixed with any other form of liquids. When taking it in the syrup, solution, or extended-release suspension, do not measure with a household teaspoon because it is not medically accurate. Make sure you used a properly marked measuring device to ensure you do no take more than prescribed.

Hydrocodone Side Effects

Hydrocodone may cause side effects. If the following symptoms are sever and do not go away, contact your doctor:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Anxiety
  • Abnormally happy or abnormally sad mood
  • Dry throat
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Narrowing of the pupils

Some of the effects are more serious. If these side effects occur, contact your doctor immediately:

  • Chest tightness
  • Slow or irregular breathing

Hydrocodone Help

If you or a loved one is addicted to hydrocodone, it is important to seek help from Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a highly dependent drug. Once addicted, the effects are devastating. Many lose their jobs, dreams and ambitions. But, there is hope. If you are interested in receiving information on hydrocodone rehab or detox, please call our toll free number at 855-396-2977.