All prescription drugs carry the risk for side effects. 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. Vicodin and Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Vicoprofen is the combination of hydrocodone and ibuprofen and Lortab ASA combines hydrocodone and aspirin. Tussionex is the liquid form of hydrocodone. All of these medications containing the opiate-based hydrocodone carry similar side effects although patients may experience some that are not listed in the medication’s prescription label. All narcotic analgesics have the potential to be abused and lead to tolerance, addiction, withdrawal and the need for medically-managed 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.
Hydrocodone Side Effects, Signs of Allergic Reaction and Other Warnings
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. More widely reported side effects include weakness, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, flushing of the skin and blurred vision. Hydrocodone should be taken exactly as prescribed to avoid serious effects. Altering the dose in any way can be dangerous. Those who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs can be more prone to opiate addiction. Taking it with alcohol can cause slowed breathing. Drowsiness can be magnified by patients who take hydrocodone with other narcotics, allergy medication and sleeping pills. 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.
Safe, Humane and Discreet Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction
Taking hydrocodone regularly can lead to the development of a tolerance. Once the drug’s effects are diminished, 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 of Rapid Detox. Our in-hospital procedure takes less than two hours and uses intravenous medication to cleanse the hydrocodone from patients’ systems. This happens without the use of opiate replacements such as methadone and Suboxone. During the rapid detox procedure, the patient sleeps lightly under deep sedation and awakes without the awareness of the accelerated withdrawal that occurred. Patients remain in the hospital for two to four days for around-the-clock monitoring. We are known for our safe, humane and discreet program. Our aftercare facility, Domus Retreat, is available for those who wish to extend their recovery, providing the most comprehensive and pampering environment in the field.