It’s always important to know what you’re putting in your body, especially when it comes to potentially addicting prescription medications. Tussionex is the brand name for the combination of chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, used to treat runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and cough due to cold or flu. Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine and hydrocodone is an opiate (narcotic) painkiller that can also help to suppress coughing. Hydrocodone can be habit-forming, leading to escalating use, abuse, addiction, withdrawal and overdose. The medication should be used exactly as prescribed to avoid these complications. Tussionex can cause impaired reactions, meaning it should be used with caution when driving or performing other important tasks. It should not be taken with alcohol because this can increase drowsiness. Tussionex and alcohol depress the central nervous system, another reason they should not be combined. Other medications that have CNS effects include other opiates, benzodiazepines and sleeping medications. Combining Tussionex with any of these can be problematic.
Specific Concerns Surrounding The Use of Tussionex
Taking too much of the drug, or combining it with the above substances could lead to overdose. Emergency medical attention should be sought immediately if you suspect a Tussionex overdose. Symptoms can include cold and clammy skin, flushing, large pupils, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, severe dizziness or drowsiness, seizure (convulsions), shallow breathing, slow heart rate, blue colored skin, lightheadedness or fainting. There are a number of medical conditions and medications that may not be suited for Tussionex use. It’s important that patients read labeling information closely and tell their doctors about all medications, vitamins, supplements and herbs they are taking. Taking Tussionex in high doses or over a prolonged period of time can cause a physical and/or psychological dependence to develop. A physical dependence is marked by signs of withdrawal which can set in quickly after use is stopped suddenly.
Waismann Method Offers Safe, Comfortable Tussionex Withdrawal
Fortunately, opiate withdrawal can be managed with the right course of treatment. Waismann Method offers renowned rapid detox for opiates including Tussionex. For more than a decade, we’ve offered this safe, effective treatment to get patients back on their feet quickly. Our in-hospital detox is compassionate, discreet and comfortable – patients don’t spend days or weeks suffering through withdrawal. We use intravenous and oral medications to cleanse the drug from patients’ opiate receptors. This takes less than two hours and patients are resting comfortably under deep sedation during the procedure. An accelerated withdrawal syndrome develops and passes while patients are sedated. They awaken free of Tussionex addiction and without conscious awareness they experienced withdrawal. We never use opiate replacements such as methadone or Suboxone to wean patients from their prescription painkillers. The total hospital stay is usually 3 to 6 days after which patients can be discharged and return home. Transitional living is offered for others through our optional aftercare facility, Domus Retreat.