Hydrocodone side effects carry a number of risks, some may be mild while others can be more severe. Hydrocodone is a prescription narcotic drug used in combination with other drugs to fight mild to moderate pain and to suppress a chronic cough. Medications like Vicodin and Lortab are a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Vicoprofen is the combination of hydrocodone and ibuprofen and Lortab ASA combines hydrocodone and aspirin. Lastly, Tussionex is the liquid form of hydrocodone.
All of these medications containing the opiate hydrocodone carry similar side effects. However, patients may experience some side effects that are not on the prescription label. All narcotic analgesics have the potential for abuse and lead to tolerance, addiction, withdrawal and the need for a medical detoxification.
Not everyone will experience the same side effects when taking hydrocodone. Patients should read the label carefully to avoid complications, interactions and overdose. The label also details possible side effects that may occur.
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Constipation is one of the most common problems for those taking hydrocodone and other opiates. It can be serious, even fatal, if left unchecked. An allergic reaction is also possible with hydrocodone and signs include rash, wheezing, difficult breathing, closing of the throat, hives or swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat. In addition, more common side effects include weakness, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, flushing of the skin and blurred vision.
Patients should take Hydrocodone exactly according to the doctors instructions to avoid serious effects. Altering the dose in any way can be dangerous. Moreover, those who have a history of alcohol or drug addiction can be more prone to opiate addiction. Taking it with alcohol can cause slowed breathing. Patients who take hydrocodone with other narcotics, allergy medication and sleeping pills may experience an increase in drowsiness. Dizziness and drowsiness can also occur, so patients should take it with caution when driving or performing other potentially dangerous tasks. Hydrocodone use can lead to dependence and addiction, two serious side effects that bring with them a withdrawal phase that can be painful.
Taking hydrocodone regularly can lead to the development of a tolerance. This means, once the drug’s effects diminish, many patients escalate use or misuse it in other ways. This can lead to addiction, which can be treated effectively, safely and quickly with the Waismann Method Treatment. We offer both rapid detox and medically assisted detox options for hydrocodone addiction. Patients are in a full-service, JCAHO accredited hospital for a total of one to four days for around-the-clock monitoring and IV medications. We are known for our safe, humane and discreet program. Our aftercare facility, Domus Retreat, is inclusive for a few days to provide continuous care and support. We provide the most comprehensive, private and caring environment in the field of opiate dependence.
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