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
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.
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hydrocodone, please call Gulf Coast Recovery today at