Vicodin Detox and Withdrawal (hydrocodone)

Vicodin Detox and Withdrawal

Vicodin® | Introduction & Risk Factors

Vicodin, like Percocet and other hydrocodone-based drugs, is an opioid. Most often prescribed in pill form, Vicodin attaches to the body’s opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract, chemically altering the body’s response to pain. This drug also affects the region of the brain which identifies and responds to pleasure. Upon consumption, the user may feel a rush of intense pleasure or euphoria. With extended use beyond therapeutic recomendations Vicodin detox and withdrawal are awaiting you.

The acetaminophen found in Vicodin is used to reduce fever. Fever is often a side effect of healing from injury or surgery.


Recognizing | Vicodin Addiction

Prescription drugs are the second most abused drugs in the United States today. Drugs like Vicodin, which manage pain and create a sense of euphoria for the user makes them particularly addictive. Teens and adolescents, because they have easier access to their parents medicine cabinets than many street drugs, are more likely to use and abuse prescription drugs than any other drug, including marijuana. Many users believe that prescription drugs are “safe” and less habit forming than their street counterparts. Unfortunately, this is can be an expensive and life threatening mistake.

Vicodin is a highly addictive drug. Habitual Vicodin use is accompanied by a series of side effects, including anxiety, flu like symptoms, stomach and intestinal discomfort, muscle pain, sweating, convulsions, and seizures. Vicodin dependence can begin in as little of two weeks after beginning the drug therapy.

Habitual users may shop for multiple doctors in an effort to find a physician or physicians willing to continue to write prescriptions and/or increase the dosage of the Vicodin. Chronic Vicodin users are sometimes referred to as “accidental addicts”, since their addiction stems from a medical necessity- to treat and manage legitimate pain. Their need for Vicodin, however, may soon outgrow the dosage prescribed by their physician.


Vicodin Detox Withdrawal | What to Expect…

It generally takes a user about a week to “kick” the Vicodin habit. During withdrawal, the user may experience moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms, which include vomiting, diarrhea, cold flashes, restlessness, leg spasms, and muscle and bone pain, peak between forty-eight and seventy-two hours after the last dose.

Tapering the level and frequency of doses is the medically recommended method for weaning from Vicodin. Both inpatient detoxification and withdrawal programs and a methadone maintenance program may be needed to ensure a safe and sustained recovery.

In Conclusion: Vicodin has a firm place within the opiate abuse population both young to old. Sufferers of prescription opioid abuse and addiction continue to mount. Many prescription drugs are abused in relation to what is available in home bathroom cabinets but, the streets are also littered with buying opportunities.

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