What Is Hydrocodone?
The path to overcoming an addiction begins with understanding the substance involved in the problem. Drugs impact the body and mind in different ways, so recognizing the impact of different substances will improve the ability to beat the addiction. Hydrocodone is a highly addictive substance that is found in many different medications.
Hydrocodone is a type of opioid medication that is semi-synthetic. As an opiate medication, it is synthesized from the opium poppy plant and is primarily used for pain relief.
Prescription medications often contain hydrocodone to fight pain after a surgery, injury or other short-term needs. In some cases, the medication is used for chronic pain relief, but doctors often try other options before hydrocodone due to the addictive nature of opioid medications.
If you or someone you know is suffering with an addiction to hydrocodone, contact us today to find help.
Medications Containing Hydrocodone
Although hydrocodone can be used alone, it is often one of the active ingredients in pain medications. Other ingredients, such as acetaminophen, are also added to improve the pain relieving elements of the drugs and reduce the amount of hydrocodone needed in the medication.
The most commonly prescribed medications that contain hydrocodone include Vicodin, Lorcet and Norco. All three of the medications are prescription pain relievers that contain hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
Addictive Nature of the Drugs
As an opioid medication, the drugs are highly addictive. It is possible to accidentally become addicted or physically dependent on the drugs because opiate medications interact with the opioid receptors in the brain.
Although the medication is primarily used for pain relief, it can cause euphoria and calm. When the drug is abused or taken for a long duration of time, physical dependence can develop. Addiction occurs when that dependency causes an obsession with the euphoric impact.
Negative Impact on Users
While the medication is often given for legitimate reasons, developing an addiction to the drug can cause a negative impact on the body. The common side effects of the medication include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Nightmares that are disturbing
Although the common side effects are worrisome, developing a physical dependence on the medication has a greater impact on the mind and body. The impact of physical dependence on the body includes:
- Feelings of numbness through the body
The impact of withdrawal symptoms is particularly disturbing to users. Withdrawal symptoms occur after a physical dependence or addiction has developed. The symptoms range from feelings of pain to extreme cravings for the drug. The liver in particular is impacted by the drug due to the acetaminophen in the prescriptions. In the case of an overdose, seizures and severe side effects are common.
Getting Help for Hydrocodone Addiction
Although hydrocodone is a highly addictive substance and the withdrawal symptoms can discourse an abuser from trying to stop the drug, help is available. The facility at Blu By the Sea can provide the tools and education to fight the initial withdrawal symptoms and recover from an addiction.
Hydrocodone is a highly addictive medication that can cause a physical dependence, even when it is taken as directed by a doctor. Help is available when an addiction to the medication develops. To get help for a loved one or personal needs, contact us at 1 (850) 424-3252 today.