Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms
An Overview Of Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms
Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms are not unlike the withdrawal symptoms experienced by users of other opioids. Opioids are derivatives of opium, an since hydrocodone is usually less concentrated and is combined with other compounds, its withdrawal symptoms are seldom as severe as those experienced by opium users.
The severity experienced, and to some degree the type of hydrocodone symptoms experienced, depend upon the extent of the addiction, the duration if its use, the strength of the opioid, and the rapidity of withdrawing. In most instances those addicted are not encouraged to quit "cold turkey" but to quit gradually, at times over a period of several weeks.
Cough Medicines And Pain Relievers - Most people who ingest hydrocodone, take it in relatively small amounts, the most typical use being in pain relievers and cough medication and is readily available in tables, syrups, and capsule form. Pure forms of hydrocodone, derived from codeine, are not marketable in the United States. Hydrocodone is usually compounded with paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin. Ibuprofen is generally preferred as the companion substance as it tends to prevent the recreational use of hydrocodone, and it does not present the dangers associated with excessive dosages of paracetamol, which include fatal liver toxicity. Also, as far as pain relief is concerned, both hydrocodone and ibuprofen are powerful analgesics, although hydrocodone is by far the most powerful of the two.
Hydrocodone is addictive however, and accounts for some instances in which people have become addicted to or otherwise dependent upon cough medicines. This dependence may be both psychological and physical.
Withdrawal Symptoms - Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms usually begin between one and two weeks after use of the drug has been halted, may intensify for several days, and then will gradually disappear. As mentioned earlier, the severity of the hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms will usually be significantly lessened if withdrawal is gradual rather than abrupt, often decreasing the dosage by 25% a day over a four day period, though some cases may warrant a longer or more gradual withdrawal.
Those withdrawing from the drug report having flu like symptoms, often including a certain amount of muscle and joint pain, and at tome including chills and sweating. Yawning seems to be a common withdrawal symptom, and many, though not all experience bouts of diarrhea. Bouts of diarrhea as well as stomach cramps and nausea can often be avoided by a judicious choice of what one eats or drinks. Coffee and caffeinated beverages in general seem best avoided during withdrawal. Physical hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms seldom last more than about a week.
Some individuals experience psychological symptoms along with the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Much of the time these psychological symptoms are the result of the fatigue and pain that seems to go hand-in-hand with the physical symptoms. People suffer from anxiety, from depression, and very often experience sleep disturbances or suffer from insomnia. Cravings are also present, as is usually the case when attempting to withdraw from a habit-forming substance. Some worry excessively what life will be like without the drug, having become so dependent upon it to get by from day to day.
How It All Started Is Important To Know - Treatment of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms should include a look into why the affected person started taking the drug in the first place, to help prevent a future relapse. It probably goes without saying that some people are more apt to fall under the influence of this drug than are others, but that is something that is not always possible to predict in advance, unless the person involved is especially prone to addiction.