Hydrocodone Addiction and Sedation Detoxification

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Hydrocodone RAPID DETOX UNDER SEDATION

Patients wanting to be opiate free reach out to us. We detox all opiates, rather than substituting one opiate with another opiate.

Rapid detox under sedation is a medical detoxification treatment offered by All Opiates Detox for patients dependent on hydrocodone-containing opiates (Vicodin, Norco, Lorcet, and Lortab). It consists of sedating the patient and removing hydrocodone from the brain receptor while the patient is sleeping. Acute withdrawals are precipitated with an opiate blocker. These withdrawals will pass during the sedation period. Once the withdrawals are over, and the brain receptors are free of the opiate hydrocodone, a blocker is placed to prevent any opiates from getting back into the brain receptor.

The blocker of choice used at All Opiates Detox is an implant. Dr. George prefers the Naltrexone implant blocker for several reasons. First, the Naltrexone implant lasts approximately two months, as opposed to Vivitrol (lasts approximately 28 days) or tablets (have to be taken daily). Another reason our physicians prefer the implant over the injection is for patients that may not be able to tolerate Naltrexone due to side effects, sensitivity or allergies. The implant can be removed from under the skin, whereas the injection stays in the body for about 28 days and therefore cannot be removed once it is administered. It is recommended to remain on Naltrexone maintenance therapy for at least one year to allow the brain to heal from the damage caused by the drug use and abuse.

Our success rate is near 100% for helping patients detox off opiates without the excruciating pain and discomfort of the withdrawals. Aftercare consisting of the Naltrexone opiate blocker, psychotherapy, and 12 step programs are recommended to ensure long-term abstinence and success.

Hydrocodone DETAILS

Hydrocodone is more commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain, although it is also available as an antitussive to treat a cough. Hydrocodone is taken orally and is available in combination with acetaminophen, sold under trade names Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, and Norco. Hydrocodone is also combined with Ibuprofen (tradename Vicoprofen), and Aspirin (tradename Lortab); The analgesic action of hydrocodone begins in about 10–30 minutes and lasts about 4–8 hours.

Hydrocodone has abusive properties similar to Morphine. Norco, Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Vicoprofen, and all hydrocodone combination products were changed from Schedule III to Schedule II to infiltrate prescription drug abuse.

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Hydrocodone SIDE EFFECTS

Common side effects are anxiety, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, mood swings, nausea, vomiting, and narrowing of the pupils. Serious side effects include slowed or irregular breathing and chest tightness.

Hydrocodone WITHDRAWALS

Physical symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawals include chills and goosebumps, cramps, diarrhea, insomnia, muscle aches, restlessness, runny nose, sweating, and vomiting.

Hydrocodone OVERDOSE

Hydrocodone overdose symptoms include cold, clammy, or blue skin; excessive sleep; narrowed or widened pupils; seizures; slow, shallow, or stopped breathing; slowed or stopped heartbeat; loss of consciousness; or death.

The hydrocodone combination with acetaminophen (Brand names Lorcet, Norco, and Vicodin) may lead to liver failure and death due to acetaminophen (Tylenol) toxicity. The makers of Tylenol lowered the maximum adult daily dose from 4,000mg to 3,000mg. Liver toxicity is common since Tylenol (acetaminophen) is found in combination with other drug ingredients and many consumers aren’t aware that they are taking more Tylenol than prescribed.

Hydrocodone ABUSE

Improper use and abuse of hydrocodone can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.

Hydrocodone, and hydrocodone containing products can be habit-forming, causing not only physical but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long-term use.

Using opiates for an extended period can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired result is pain control or euphoria.

Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Hydrocodone. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Hydrocodone physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the hydrocodone opiate user.

Improper use and abuse of Hydrocodone can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.

Opiates can be habit forming, causing not only physical, but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long term use.

Using opiates for an extended period of time can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired effect is pain control or euphoria.

Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Hydrocodone. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Hydrocodone physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the Hydrocodone opiate user.

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