Hydrocodone Withdrawal

Hydrocodone withdrawal occurs when a regular user refrains from using this narcotic drug. Hydrocodone induces a relaxed euphoric state similar to the states produced by morphine and heroin. While this euphoric state is good for relieving pain, it can lead to habitual cravings and become a chronic addiction. Dependence can be both physical and psychological. According to the individual's tolerance, addiction can occur within 1 week to twelve months.

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms begin within six to twenty four hours after stopping to use hydrocodone. In order to minimize hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms, medical professional recommend lowering the dose over a period of several weeks. These symptoms usually do not endanger life, yet they tend to become stronger for twenty four to seventy two hours. Then they tend to fade out over seven to fourteen days. The intensity and duration of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms vary widely between individual addicts.

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms include among other things:

  • * Tremendous cravings for the drug which continue long after withdrawal symptoms end
  • * Depression
  • * Sweating
  • * Dilated pupils
  • * Irritability
  • * Muscle aches
  • * Insomnia
  • * Chills
  • * Nausea or vomiting
  • * Runny nose and tearing
  • * Diarrhea
  • * Fever
  • * Yawning
  • * Difficulty breathing
  • * Lack of concentration
  • * Heart palpitations
  • * Constipation


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