Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever which is the key ingredient in one of the most widely prescribed painkillers, Vicodin. After this was discovered and approved for use in the United States, they discovered that the effects of hydrocodone can be enhanced when combined with Acetaminophen, which is an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Hydrocodone can be very effective in providing relief from moderate to severe pain. It is prescribed to manage pain from surgery, injury, or chronic pain, which was how my use began.It is also common to see this drug in medications for cough, colds, allergies, and lung infections because it also targets the portion of the brain responsible for coughing.
Hydrocodone works by binding itself to opioid receptors in the spinal cord and in the brain and this in turn blocks out pain reception. As a consequence, the use of hydrocodone also produces feeling of drowsiness and euphoria that people who use it continually look for. This makes the drug habit forming and many, including myself, have fallen into the trap of being dependent on its use.
Addiction to Hydrocodone
Many people who are addicted to hydrocodone start out taking it as a treatment for their medical conditions. Unfortunately, they end up getting hooked on the drug and over time their bodies become dependent on its use.
Not all people tolerate hydrocodone well and even people who are addicted to it will show some signs and symptoms that they are using. Some unpleasant side effects of the use of hydrocodone are as follows:
- Experiencing phantom pains
- Slower heart rate
- Difficulty breathing
- Light-headedness or dizziness
- Loss of focus or compromised mental function
- Seizures or convulsions
- Nausea and vomiting
- Depression and anxiety
- Blurred vision
- Behavioural changes such as increased isolation and obsession with hydrocodone
The effects of hydrocodone are very similar to the effects of heroin and morphine. Like other opiates, your body will develop a tolerance for hydrocodone after using it for some time, and it will require a larger dose in order to attain the same euphoric effect. The use of hydrocodone can be very deadly as it suppresses breathing, and many addicts who are not aware that combining this drug with other medications can be fatal put themselves at risk of death by overdose.
The use of hydrocodone will make the body dependent on it and many addicts find it hard to get clean and healthy because the absence of the drug results to surfacing of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms will usually be seen about 6-10 hours after the last dose of hydrocodone. The symptoms and the length of time that these will last will vary from person to person, but on the average it will be between two days to several months.
- Agitation and irritability
- Profuse sweating
- Muscle aches and pains
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting