What is Hydrocodone and why does it cause Withdrawal Symptoms?

Hydrocodone is a schedule II or III drug based on the formulation and also a semi-synthetic opioid synthesized from codeine. Zohydro ER and Hysingla ER are the extended release forms of Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone withdrawal can occurred with a sudden interruption from a long term use. Each year over 140 million prescriptions containing hydrocodone are written by physicians to control moderate to severe pain as well as cough suppression or whooping cough symptoms. A National Survey on Drug Abuse has discovered that over 23 million individuals over the age of 12 have abused or misused narcotics containing hydrocodone and estimates that over five million more will continue abuse the drug each year.

Unfortunately,  prescription painkillers containing hydrocodone has become the most abused type of opiates.  Many people who end up abusing hydrocodone where legitimate prescribed to manage a physical condition. Sadly a large number of these patients realize how pleasant narcotics make them feel. Individuals might continue taking the drug to achieve euphoria ( a “high” ) or just to minimize daily stresses, which usually leads to abuse, tolerance and eventually psychological addiction to hydrocodone.


Hydrocodone Dependence

Trying to recover from a physical dependence means the body must detox before any hydrocodone treatment can be effective. This may cause some very unpleasant symptoms to surface, collectively known as a hydrocodone withdrawal syndrome. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid often used in combination with other medications to treat moderate to severe pain. When combined with acetaminophen, hydrocodone is marketed under names including Vicodin, Norco, Lorcet, Lortab, Zydone and Xodol.

These medications can be highly addicting, leading patients to seek out the best possible treatment program. The fear of having to go through a hydrocodone  withdrawal in order to get better can be daunting for most patients.  Symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal can range from mild to severe and can set in within a few hours of last use and continue for days or weeks. Patients who don’t know they have an addiction may respond to symptoms of withdrawal by taking another dose.


Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

A tell-tale sign of physical addiction is the withdrawal symptoms which can kick in within hours of last use, whether you stop taking the drug abruptly or even gradually taper use. Trying to quit “cold turkey” can cause very painful symptoms and may pose health risks such as seizures. Symptoms can also depend on the severity of the drug dependence. One of the most obvious symptoms of withdrawal is a strong drug craving which can be both physical and psychological. Long-term users and those who abuse hydrocodone may have more intense withdrawal symptoms.


Possible Effects of Hydrocodone withdrawal can include:

  • mood changes
  • agitation
  • tremors
  • runny nose
  • chills
  • sneezing
  • yawning
  • sleeplessness
  • anxiousness
  • restlessness
  • weakness
  • flu-like symptoms
  • depression
  • hallucination
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • sweating
  • vomiting
  • muscle and many more.

When searching for reliable and safe detox programs for hydrocodone addiction, it’s important to find one that medically manages withdrawal. This will help ensure safety of the patient and increases the likelihood that relapse won’t occur while going through the process.



Safe, Confidential Hydrocodone Treatment is a Phone Call Away

The Waismann Method® treatment for hydrocodone addiction, assists patient in a humane and private way to get through the period of painful withdrawal. We offer a number of medical protocol for detoxification based on each patient specific needs.

The opiate treatment we are mostly known for is our Rapid Detox or Anesthesia Assisted Opiate Detoxification. With this type of process patients are placed under light sedation, in a ICU private room. The hydrocodone withdrawal syndrome is induced and speed while the patient sleeps.  Our multi board certified medical director administers intravenous medications to cleanse the opioid receptors sites. The process takes less than two hours and “does not” use of opiate replacement drugs such as Suboxone ( Buprenorphine) or methadone.

The required length of hospital stay is a few days, getting patients back to their lives, families and careers much quicker than most traditional detox and rehabilitation programs. Our opiate detoxification programs are safe, humane and confidential. Patients also are provided with a private recovery retreat facility for a few days, where they continue to recover while receiving professional services such as biofeedback, massage, counseling and relaxation.