Published on:
October 12th, 2011

Care should be taken if you receive a prescription for a medication containing hydrocodone. The opiate (narcotic) medication is an analgesic used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is also used 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 and can be taken safely and effectively. 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 or 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

Because it can lead to addiction, hydrocodone should not be prescribed to people who have become addicted to drugs or alcohol in the past. They are often more susceptible to developing another addiction. The medication should never be shared or stored in a place where anyone else has access to 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 it’s combined with other substances that share the property of depressing the central nervous system. Alcohol, along with other narcotics, sedatives, hypnotics and tranquilizers are included in this group. 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 extended use can experience very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, which could prove serious. These can include strong 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 more than 10 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. Once discharged, they can decide to return home opiate-free or transition in our Domus Retreat.

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