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Symptoms of Hydrocodone Addiction

August 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Addiction, Drug Abuse, Hydrocodone Use, Uncategorized

Symptoms of Hydrocodone Addiction

symptoms of hydrocodone addictionAny kind of addiction regardless if it is a hydrocodone addiction or an addiction to heroin will cause changes in the person using the drug. These changes, whether they are behavioral, physical or mental are what are known as symptoms of addiction. In this post we are going to be specifically talking about the changes that happen when someone is addicted to hydrocodone. In other words we are going to be talking about the symptoms of hydrocodone addiction. If you think someone you know or you yourself are addicted to hydrocodone but don’t know what changes to look for-this is for you.

What is hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is in a group drugs that are known as narcotic pain relievers or painkillers. Other painkillers are drugs such as morphine, Percocet, and Oxycodone. Hydrocodone is mixed with acetaminophen which is a less potent non-narcotic pain reliever that increases its effects. The combination of the two is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is only available through a prescription from a doctor.

How does hydrocodone addiction develop?

Hydrocodone addiction usually begins with hydrocodone abuse. Hydrocodone abuse is taking the medication in any other way other than prescribed. This means taking more doses of hydrocodone throughout the day than is recommended, taking more at one time than is recommended, taking it without a need to etc. Hydrocodone abuse can easily lead to a hydrocodone addiction. A hydrocodone addiction usually starts with a tolerance to the medication. Tolerance to hydrocodone usually means that you or the person you know has to take more and more hydrocodone to feel the effects they did in the beginning. Eventually after a tolerance begins to develop, you or your loved one will find themselves physically and possibly psychologically addicted to hydrocodone. When you or your loved on begins developing a hydrocodone addiction if you or they try to stop you will begin to go through hydrocodone withdrawal. And this is the first symptom of hydrocodone addiction, as well as the most obvious one.

Symptoms of hydrocodone addiction

If you really want to know if you or your loved one has a hydrocodone addiction look at the pattern of use and then also try to stop taking it. If you begin to experience severe discomfort and withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, anxiety, nausea, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, insomnia, any flu-like symptoms etc. then you definitely have a hydrocodone addiction. Here are some more symptoms of hydrocodone addiction:

  • Requesting frequent refills for the drug
  • Seeing two or more doctors for additional prescriptions
  • Spending time away from other people
  • Going through money quickly
  • Focusing more on hydrocodone than anything else
  • Sudden changes in social activities
  • Mood swings

Physical symptoms of hydrocodone addiction:

  • Nausea, stomach pain, or loss of appetite
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Unusual thoughts or behavior, confusion
  • Compromised mental function
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Liver damage

Psychological symptoms of hydrocodone addiction:

  • Altered perception of reality
  • Personality shifts
  • Low self-esteem, negative body image
  • Feelings of anger, rage
  • Increased anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Paranoia


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