If you receive a prescription for a medication containing hydrocodone, be sure to follow the directions closely. The opiate (narcotic) medication is an analgesic which relieves moderate to severe pain. Doctors also prescribe it to suppress chronic cough. Strong warnings accompany a prescription for this medication because of its potential to lead to misuse, abuse, physical and psychological dependence and overdose, which can be fatal.
Prescription painkillers are very useful for pain management when taken safely. Problems can arise for patients who develop a tolerance after regular use over a period of time. This can be different for each patient but means the drug builds up in the system and loses its effects. People need to take increasingly larger doses at this point, just to find relief. Some people may use hydrocodone products recreationally for the sense of euphoria and the rush it can cause. Hydrocodone medications, including Vicodin and Lortab, can be highly dangerous when used in large doses or misused in other ways.
Hydrocodone Addiction, Interactions and Withdrawal
People with a history of drug or alcohol dependence should avoid taking hydrocodone due to high risk of addiction. They are often more susceptible to developing another addiction. People should never share the medication or store it in a place where anyone else can access it. Hydrocodone and other narcotics are subject to misuse, abuse, recreational use, theft and diversion for illicit means.
Dangerous side effects, even death, can occur when used with other substances that depress the central nervous system. This includes alcohol, along with other narcotics, sedatives, hypnotics and tranquilizers. Because of this, it’s important for people who take hydrocodone to check all food and drug labels for signs of alcohol. Those who stop taking hydrocodone suddenly after long term use can experience very unpleasant and serious withdrawal symptoms. These can include intense drug cravings, nausea, body aches and seizures, and are often worse for people taking high doses or abusing the drug.
An Opiate Addiction Necessitates Safe, Medical Detox
When hydrocodone use turns problematic, patients need to detox under the watchful eye of supportive medical staff to ensure safety. For nearly 20 years, the Waismann Method has provided a safe and effective rapid opiate detox. Waismann Method provides rapid detox that begins in the hospital with intravenous medication, used to cleanse opiates from patients’ receptors. They rest under sedation during the procedure and aren’t aware that an accelerated withdrawal played out while they were sedated. Our ability to minimize withdrawal puts us ahead in our field and puts patients a step ahead in their recovery.
Patients who don’t have to suffer the pain and degradation of withdrawal are able to get better quicker and avoid relapse. Our procedure lasts less than two hours and patients’ total stay is 2 to 4 days. After the hospital stay, staff transfer patients to our exclusive recovery center, Domus Retreat. This gives guests the opportunity to properly recover in a comfortable and safe environment. In addition, guests can choose to participate in individual counseling and holistic activities such as yoga, acupuncture, and massage.