When a person uses a drug for something other than a medically prescribed purpose, it is termed as drug abuse. The usage and abuse of illegal drugs like cocaine, marijuana, heroin, etc. would be well known to people because of the immense popularity of these drugs.

Surprising to many, is the increase in usage and abuse of Hydrocodone, which has become the most widely consumed drug today. It is, in fact, believed to be the most abused prescribed drug in the U.S.

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic that produces a calming effect and provides a state of ecstasy. This highly addictive prescription drug is mostly used for pain control and relief. Its consumption affects brain, and its major side affects include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, euphoria, drowsiness, etc.

Even though Hydrocodone can only be prescribed by licensed physicians, the drug is very easily available in the pharmacies over the Internet without even the need of prescription. It’s available in the form of syrups, tablets, and capsules.

Hydrocodone Slang Terms:

  • hillbilly heroin
  • hydro(s)
  • synthetic heroin

Medical experts say that a Hydrocodone addiction can occur within 1 to 4 weeks if a higher dosage is consumed on regular basis. Today, people of any age group can easily find prescription pain killers.  Widespread Hydrocodone availability has caused a direct impact on society as a whole.

In dealing with drug addiction, there is a drug classification system which is based on the potential for abuse.

The Following are Drug Type Classification Categories:

  • Schedule I – It includes drugs like ecstasy and heroin, both of which are illegal in the US.
  • Schedule II – It includes strong pain killers like morphine, codeine, etc. Cocaine is in the list as it sometimes has legal medical applications in hospitals and clinics.
  • Schedule III – It includes hydrocodone and some other high energy steroids.

Drugs under the Schedule III category are legally prescribed and thus can be easily attained. Drugs in Schedule II can only be prescribed after a re-examination of the patient by the doctor himself/herself.

Some Contributing Factors for Hydrocodone Abuse:

  • Peer or group pressure among adults or teenagers.
  • If there has been family history of drug addiction, then the chances are that the person too might have the same tendency.
  • For many youngsters, it is a way to escape personal problems and other problems.

Hydrocodone Side Effects:

  • Constipation, decreased appetite, blood in vomit, or stools.
  • Mental and physical exhaustion, depression, and anxiety
  • Headache, drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea.
  • Mood swings, restlessness, unconsciousness, and excessive fatigue.
  • Sweating, stomach and chest pains, and blood shot or yellow eyes.
  • Difficulty in breathing, dry throat, pale skin, sluggishness, muscle twitches, etc.

Hydrocodone causes a change in chemistry and normal functioning of the brain, thus it becomes very difficult to stop using it once addicted.
Hydrocodone Abuse Warning Signs:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Behavioral changes like agitation, short temper, or hostility
  • Stealing money from home or work to buy more doses
  • If the drug had been prescribed for relieving some sort of pain, then continuing to use it without prescription or doctor’s advice
  • Visiting places like garage, basement, or washroom very often

Everyone who abuses drugs does not turn into an addict. Some people can abuse drugs but not get addicted to them, while some others try them just once and are immediately addicted or hooked to them.

With a high dosage and among sensitive people, Hydrocodone may produce respiratory depression by directly acting on the respiratory track. In the latent stages of abuse, the circulatory system might collapse, causing a cardiac arrest.

Acetaminophen is a component which is a part of the formulation of Hydrocodone and an overdose of the former can cause toxicity in liver. When such symptoms are not taken care of and dealt with in time, they can also cause death.

An over-dosage of acetaminophen can cause hypoglycemic conditions, kidney damage, etc. Individuals, who have shown signs of allergy previously while using hydrocodone, should totally abstain from these types of drugs. Hydrocodone is combined with other components during its formulation so as to prevent any kind of side effects, when taken in higher doses.

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms occur within six to twelve hours of stopping the drug.  Depending upon usage, Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms can last from seven to fourteen days. The intensity of these symptoms depends on the degree of Hydrocodone addiction. The duration also varies from person to person. Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms are usually non-life threatening.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms May Include The Following:

  • Irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dilated pupils, muscle aches
  • Fever, insomnia
  • Sweating, chills
  • Intense craving for the drug, depression, etc.

Consuming Hydrocodone for a long time can lead to physical and psychological dependence of the drug. One of the big and important reasons why Hydrocodone is used is because of the mood changes associated with the drug. It causes lessening of anxiety and slowing down of mental alertness.

The time period during which a person can become dependant on Hydrocodone is variable, but it can still range anywhere between six to twelve months of continuous usage. Hydrocodone dependence is treated by slow withdrawal of the pain killer, using methadone, and with the help of therapies through a quality rehabilitation program.

There are various prescription drug treatment centers around the country to treat Hydrocodone abuse and addiction. With a combination of behavioral therapy and prescriptions, they help addicts and alcoholics in finding a solution to the problem. Most prescription drug treatment centers have custom made programs for different individuals needing help.

One should not panic if they find a loved one suffering from Hydrocodone abuse; rather they should support them and help them fight their battle.  Help them find the best prescription drug rehab program with trained medical professionals who can treat their Hydrocodone addiction.

If you or someone you care about needs help with Hydrocodone addiction, please call (877) 774-0386. All calls are confidential.

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