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Beware of hydrocodone’s detrimental repercussions

Beware of hydrocodone’s detrimental repercussions

03-07 | CDAH Team

Hydrocodone is a prescription opioid that is usually used to relieve moderate to severe pain, particularly after an injury or surgery. Additionally, it can be used for alleviating long-term chronic pain and treating the symptoms of common cold, flu, allergies, hay fever or other breathing illnesses, such as sinusitis and bronchitis. Like most of the prescription medications, hydrocodone is also addictive in nature, which is likely to be highly misused for nonmedical purposes.

Despite being created in a lab, it displays properties similar to the illicit drug heroin, which is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act 1970 and is not accepted for any medical use. Besides causing the feeling of relaxation, it triggers euphoric effects by affecting the chemical receptors in the brain.

Being highly addictive, hydrocodone is commonly categorized as a highly habit-forming drug. Moreover, it is widely used as one of the ingredients in most of the medications, such as cough syrups, oxycodone, Vicodin, etc., due to its significant efficacy against pain. As a result, the chances of misuse and self-medication remarkably spikes. In fact, the frequent nonmedical use of this drug, particularly in the absence of medical supervision, can also cause a range of negative health-related consequences among the users, such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleeping problems
  • Constipation and abdominal pain
  • Cravings for the drug between the doses
  • Light-headedness, dizziness or drowsiness
  • Weakening of the adrenal glands
  • Experiencing pain throughout the body, especially in the bones
  • Mood/mental changes, depression or hyperactive behavior
  • Seizures or fainting
  • Hallucination

Myriad dangers of drug abuse

The higher doses and prolong use of the drug often trigger severe side effects among the users. Unfortunately, one can develop an addiction to hydrocodone even by consuming regular doses of the drug.

Even though patients may be using hydrocodone to alleviate their pain, they might be unintentionally risking themselves to the dangers associated with such drugs. Regrettably, many patients, who are given the synthetic drug for their chronic pain, inadvertently develop an addiction to hydrocodone after the treatment.

One major problem with this type of drug abuse is its potential to become a major health hazard. When both tolerance and physical dependence heighten, the chemical balance in the brain alters and results in the development of psychological dependence on the drug. Like any other drug abuse, one is likely to witness exacerbated withdrawal symptoms during the recovery phase.

Using hydrocodone in a manner not prescribed by one’s doctor is a potential risk factor for developing an addiction. Moreover, some medications interact with hydrocodone to cause severe conditions, such as serotonin syndrome, which causes confusion, agitation restlessness, rapid heart rate, tremors, twitching of muscles, etc.  In fact, the above syndrome can prove fatal in the severe cases. The regular consumption of the drug increases tolerance toward the drug.

Early treatment impedes development of addiction

Besides developing increased physical and psychological dependence on hydrocodone, one is likely to witness breathing problems among older adults and severely ill patients. Though the implications of the drug on an unborn child are yet to be fully known, it can make him or her dependent on the drug.

If you or your loved one has developed an addiction to prescription drugs like hydrocodone, contact the Colorado Drug Addiction Helpline to seek professional help. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-218-7546 or chat online to avail the best addiction treatment centers in Colorado. Our medical representatives will be more than happy to share information about addiction treatment in Colorado.

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