Vicodin is the brand name of a drug which combines acetaminophen (the medication found in Tylenol) with hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid, chemically similar to drugs derived from the opium, like heroin. Because opioids are both psychologically and physically addicting, they can create uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you stop using them regularly.
The timing and intensity of withdrawal symptoms differs between users. Factors that affect drug withdrawal include the frequency and dosage commonly consumed, as well as personal biological differences affecting metabolism and detox. It’s common for withdrawal symptoms to start within 6 to 12 hours after the last dose of Vicodin. Symptoms may increase over a period of several days.
Drug withdrawal symptoms tend to be opposite in nature from the drug’s primary effects. Therefore, because opioids are generally sedating, withdrawal effects tend to be stimulatory. These may include insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, trembling and increased temperature and heartbeat. Other common withdrawal symptoms are cold-like symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose, gastrointestinal effects like vomiting or diarrhea, widespread pain and depression.
Medical Supervision during Vicodin Detoxification
It isn’t wise to attempt Vicodin detox without medical supervision due to the many risks of opioid withdrawal symptoms. These risks can include the following:
- There are dangers associated with Vicodin withdrawal. Depression related to withdrawal can be severe enough to raise the risk of suicide. The symptoms can also be intense and uncomfortable enough that people abandon the attempt and return to drug use. People’s tolerance for Vicodin tends to change during an attempted detox, so when they return to using it, they can overdose on a much smaller amount than they previously used. The majority of drug overdose deaths occur in people who have just recently detoxed.
- Vicodin withdrawal is uncomfortable. There’s no need to face the challenge of withdrawal without medical help. Physicians associated with rehab facilities know how to make the withdrawal period less difficult. They may use medications such as clonidine to reduce symptoms, or buprenorphine to shorten the length of the detox process.
- Detoxification is not enough to treat Vicodin addiction. Sometimes people believe that getting through withdrawal is all they need to do to beat an addiction. This isn’t the case. Addiction is a multi-faceted problem that needs multi-faceted solutions. People need to learn what might have contributed to their addictions and what they can do to avoid relapse. It’s very common for Vicodin addiction to co-exist with a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression. The best outcomes are associated with Dual Diagnosis Treatment, in which all conditions are treated simultaneously, in a coordinated manner.
Vicodin Addiction Help
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