Vicodin withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of other opiate drugs. Symptoms might range from mild to severe and is difficult to estimate accurately how an individual might feel. Medical Detox is often the recommended course of treatment. A doctor can manage the uncomfortable symptoms while managing vitals.


Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms, Detox and Addiction Treatment


Vicodin is the brand name of a prescription opioid painkiller, containing a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen ( Tylenol). Like other opioid painkillers, Vicodin can become cause tolerance and consequently addiction.  Once tolerance and dependence occur,  the patient will feel Vicodin withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop their intake.  It is also important to remember that Vicodin can also harm the liver. Large doses of acetaminophen cause allergic reaction and liver damage in many patients.

The expected timeline of a Vicodin withdrawal symptoms is anywhere between 5 to 10 days.  Psychological symptoms, especially cravings can last months if not well managed. There are several reasons why one might have difficulties with extended intense desire for the drug; often it can be a consequence of an untreated mental health condition such as depression, PTSD, anxiety or ADD.

After a complete withdrawal treatment, psychological counseling and Naltrexone therapy are usually the most successful recovery plans. Naltrexone binds to the receptors and diminishes physical cravings while individual counseling sessions can help diagnose and treat emotional issues.

Methods of Treating Vicodin Addiction

Without the right medical detox program, those addicted to Vicodin can risk their health by trying to withdrawal alone.  Physical dependence on Vicodin addiction is marked by withdrawal symptoms which can develop within hours of last use.


Timeline & Symptoms

Vicodin withdrawal symptoms present itself with a combination of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Not every person experiences withdrawal in the same way and with the same timeline. Also, symptoms will differ depending upon the individual’s genetic makeup,  Most common  symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal can include:

  • strong drug cravings
  • sleep disturbances
  • nausea, vomiting
  • sweating
  • chills
  • diarrhea
  • agitation and other mood changes
  • muscle and bone pain
  • fever
  • a runny nose
  • sneezing
  • yawning
  • goosebumps
  • rigid muscles
  • tremors
  • shivering
  • palpitations and abnormal skin sensations such as itching or “crawling.”

More severe cases of Vicodin withdrawal can lead to medical complications based on each patient medical condition. For that reason, an inpatient medical detox is always the best and safest option.


Drugs Used for Vicodin Withdrawal

Buprenorphine and Methadone for Vicodin Addiction

Some rehab centers or addiction providers may use buprenorphine-based medications or methadone to prevent withdrawal symptoms. The hosp is that they will lower the dose over time and eventually the patient will become opioid-free. Unfortunately, a large number of these patients simply change an addiction for another, even harder to come off. Because opioid drugs such as Methadone and Suboxone has such a long half-life, withdrawal symptoms can last a number of weeks.


Detox Treatment

Many people addicted to prescription painkillers delay seeking treatment because they are afraid of the mental and physical toll withdrawal can have on the body. The good news is that you can virtually bypass this painful withdrawal period, with the adequate medical detox. The Waismann Method offers a number of different medical options. From rapid detox to medically assisted detox without anesthesia that gets you opiate-free and back on your feet in days instead of months. Our accelerated detox procedure is administered in a hospital and uses intravenous medications to rid your opiate receptors of Vicodin. Patients sleep under sedation without having an awareness of the ultra-rapid detox.

What sets the Waismann Method apart is not just its excellent reputation or 20 years experience, but also the idea that we don’t use opiate-based replacement drugs to treat already-existing opiate addiction. We don’t believe it’s in our patients’ best interest to potentially only extend the addiction which eventually will create the need another detox.


Fast, Private and Comfortable Vicodin Withdrawal Treatment

The Waismann Method® Withdrawal treatment focus on the comfort, dignity, and safety of our patients. Bypassing the withdrawal period increases the chances of a successful recovery while avoiding immediate relapse. Our expert staff of doctors, anesthesiologists, therapists and support personnel works in coordination to ensure we target every aspect of your Vicodin addiction. Additionally, the after-care specialists at our Domus Retreat further help guests continue their commitment to a sustained recovery. Domus offers a tranquil and serene environment where patients can relax, reflect and continue their road to an opioid-free life.

Start the admissions process now. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call us at 1-800-423-2482. Our treatment consultants are available seven days.