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What are the effects of hydrocodone?

The primary effect of hydrocodone, the effect that hydrocodone abusers seek, is euphoria. This sensation is psychologically addictive and the drug itself is physically addictive. Hydrocodone, a powerful narcotic, can dull pain (it is an analgesic) and suppress coughs. Also, hydrocodone has anti-diarrheal effects. If used in combination with alcohol, hydrocodone will strongly and dangerously add to the effect of alcohol’s nervous system depression. There are other effects of hydrocodone as well, including dizziness and lightheadedness, and a sense of comfort or well-being that disappears when the effects of hydrocodone wear off. Often “coming down” from hydrocodone results in depression. Another effect of hydrocodone can be overdosing on the drug. An overdose of hydrocodone, which becomes increasingly likely as tolerance increases and abusers increase dosage, can be extremely harmful and even fatal. Emergency treatment should be sought immediately if overdose is suspected. Some symptoms of overdose include: skin turning bluish, slowed breath rate and heart rate, skin feeling cold, heavy sweating, vomiting and/or nausea, and an inability to stay awake.

What are hydrocodone side effects?

The main side effects of hydrocodone are dry mouth, nausea, swelling of lower legs and feet. Hydrocodone has many other side effects. These side effects include burning sensation of the skin, shaking, rapid and unexplained weight loss, artificial sense of well-being, hallucinations, ulcers in the mouth, painful burning in the throat, tightness in the throat, confusion, sleep disturbances, weakness, tiredness, depression, headache, mood swings, other mood disturbances, vomiting, constipation, anxiety, blood in the stool, decreased sex drive, allergic reaction, breathing difficulties, depression, bruising of the skin, sedation, gas, mental changes, slurred speech, decreased mental performance, decreased physical performance, exaggerated feelings of fear, indigestion, ringing of the hears, restlessness, itching, seizures, yellow eyes, yellow skin, dry and racking cough, and tranquilization. One of the most dangerous side effects of hydrocodone is addiction. If you have become addicted to hydrocodone and need help, please contact Gulf Coast Recovery at 800.461.0641. We can help you get off of hydrocodone and begin recovery.

What are hydrocodone’s withdrawal symptoms?

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms may occur if use is stopped after weeks of continuous use. If one becomes physically addicted to hydrocodone, withdrawal symptoms are likely. It is best to detox from hydrocodone under medical supervision, as hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms can be very unpleasant. Withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, depending on individual body chemistry, weight, what other drugs are in the system, and length and intensity of hydrocodone use. Generally, when a regular user of hydrocodone stops taking hydrocodone, hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms begin within six to twelve hours. Intensity of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms can also depend on the degree of addiction. The duration and intensity of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms vary. The symptoms can last for a few weeks for some. Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms can include depression, pupil dilation, nausea and vomiting, intense and powerful cravings, watery eyes and runny nose, anxiety and irritability, sleeplessness, sweating, diarrhea, fever, chills, and other discomfort.

Do you or does someone you know have a problem with hydrocodone? Gulf Coast Recovery works with clients to design a program that is thorough, balanced, and appropriate to each individual. We can facilitate the transition from addiction to hydrocodone into recovery. If you or someone you care about has a problem with hydrocodone, please call Gulf Coast Recovery today at 800.461.0641.

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