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Withdrawing From Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is an effective antitussive (anti-cough) agent, and as an opiate it is also an effective analgesic for mild to moderate pain control. Hydrocodone abuse is an increasing trend in non-chronic pain suffering persons. The abuser of these drugs has been shown not to be the inner city youth, but instead a famous actor, a suburban real estate agent, or your next door neighbor. First time abuse of these drugs has been surging, most commonly with the oxycodone and Hydrocodone type painkillers. The two differ slightly in their chemical makeup but have a similar effect on the body.

If a regular hydrocodone user stops taking hydrocodone, he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms within six to twelve hours but the symptoms are usually not life-threatening. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone depend on the degree of the addiction. For example, the symptoms withdrawal from hydrocodone may grow stronger for twenty-four to seventy-two hours and then gradually decline over a period of seven to fourteen days. The duration of withdrawal symptoms from Hydrocodone varies greatly from person to person.

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

intense cravings for the drug
irritability
nausea or vomiting
muscle aches
runny nose or eyes
dilated pupils
sweating
diarrhea
yawning
fevers
chills
inability to sleep
depression

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