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The Side Effects of Hydrocodone Abuse

Did your doctor prescribe hydrocodone for long-term pain management? Has your regulated use become more unregulated or abused? Have you become addicted to hydrocodone?

It is extremely dangerous to abuse hydrocodone. This opioid analgesic, typically administered for pain relief of chronic diseases, can quickly become lethal. Last year alone, there were over 70,000 opioid overdose related deaths. 

To get help with the side effects of hydrocodone abuse, contact Starbridge Recovery today. Our opioid addiction treatment facility has medical professionals available to support you through this transition.

What Is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a Schedule II narcotic. This prescription pain medication actually manipulates the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain, making it ideal for individuals with acute and chronic pain. It can be administered independently, but is most commonly mixed with acetaminophen, which can cause additional liver problems. 

Hydrocodone is most commonly in pill form and comes in capsules or tablets depending on the strength and release timing. Prescribing doctors recommend individuals maintain a strict count of their medication so as to not accidentally overdose by taking too many within a specified time frame and to ensure that none are missing by other means.  

Most commonly known by its brand name Vicodin, hydrocodone is a common street drug.

Is Hydrocodone Addictive?

Hydrocodone is an extremely addictive narcotic. It comes with an extensive list of other medications and activities you should not partake or participate in while taking hydrocodone. Including, not driving, drinking alcohol, or becoming pregnant. The risk of hydrocodone overdose is most common in the first 24-72 hours of starting or increasing the dosage. During this time, the body’s adjustment to hydrocodone can cause the lungs to slow or stop breathing. 

General side effects of hydrocodone use include upset stomach, dry mouth, tiredness, back pain, muscle tightening, swelling of the lower extremities, uncontrollable shaking, and frequent and painful urination. These intense side effects lead doctors to only prescribe this medication if the patient has no other options for acute or chronic pain management.

What Are the Side Effects of Hydrocodone Abuse?

The side effects of hydrocodone abuse are even more dangerous. Hydrocodone abuse can result in chest pain, hallucinations, agitation, itching, swelling of face, muscle stiffness, twitching, changes in heartbeat, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing. 

Hydrocodone overdose can include slow and shallow breathing, sleepiness, muscle weakness, cold, clammy skin, fixed pupils either narrow or widened, slowed heartbeat, and unable to be roused. 

The side effects of hydrocodone abuse can quickly and easily become deadly in a matter of minutes. If you are struggling with hydrocodone abuse, consider Starbridge Recovery as part of your addiction treatment. 

How Can I Get Help With a Pill Addiction at Starbridge Recovery?

Starbridge Recovery is a comprehensive drug addiction treatment center in LA County, California. Through individualized opioid treatment, clients can develop the skills to stop their hydrocodone abuse and live a sober life in a luxury environment. 

Our recovery program is focused on holistic healing and the development of life-long coping and self-management skills that support individuals through sobriety. We support our clients through this transition with a combination of alternative therapies and evidence-based traditional therapies. Our unique offerings allow clinicians to develop client-forward individualized treatment programs that focus on healing the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll that hydrocodone abuse has on the individual. 

At Starbridge Recovery, we believe that your focus should be on recovery and rehabilitation, so we do our best to provide the high-quality care you deserve during this time. From private and semi-private lodging with attached en-suite, styled and comfortable living spaces, and spa-like amenities, we believe our facility should meet you or your loved ones needs. 

Contact Starbridge Recovery so we can support your recovery from the side effects of hydrocodone addiction.

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