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Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms
Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms can be similar to flu symptoms. If someone has been using hydrocodone for a long period of time or regularly uses large doses, their symptoms may be more severe. The symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal can be similar to heroin withdrawal.
Some of the most common hydrocodone detox symptoms may include:
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sleep disturbances and insomnia
Symptoms can be psychological as well as physical. For example, people often experience depression as part of hydrocodone withdrawal. The psychological symptoms can last longer than the physical symptoms of withdrawal. It can also be difficult for a person to feel pleasure as they go through opioid withdrawal, because of how these substances affect the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.
If someone took hydrocodone orally as prescribed, withdrawal symptoms may be less severe than for someone who dissolved hydrocodone and injected it regularly. Underlying mental and physical health conditions can also affect withdrawal symptoms, as can having gone through opioid withdrawal previously.
Hydrocodone Detox in Orlando
For people who are struggling with hydrocodone dependence, the fear of going through withdrawal can often be a deterrent to receiving treatment. The best option is a medical hydrocodone detox. During a medical detox, patients can be provided with around-the-clock medical care and treatment. Their vitals can be monitored to ensure they stay safe. Patients in a medical hydrocodone detox may also be able to receive prescription medications for any physical or mental symptoms they’re experiencing. Unlike many substances, opioids do have several medications specifically approved for use during detox. Some of the medications that might be used during hydrocodone detox include:
- Methadone: Methadone is a controlled substance, as is hydrocodone. As a weak opioid narcotic, methadone = can be used to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms and reduce drug cravings. There is controversy surrounding the use of methadone, Methadone has its own addiction potential, so it may not be the preferred medication during hydrocodone detox.
- Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. It activates the same receptor sites as hydrocodone, but there is a ceiling effect. After a certain point, buprenorphine won’t have increasing effects. For example, using a high dose of buprenorphine won’t cause a euphoric high. While the medicationis a schedule II controlled substance, it can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
- Suboxone: Suboxone is a brand-name medication that can be used to help treat hydrocodone detox symptoms. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. The naloxone in the medication blocks opioids from attaching to receptor sites. If someone relapses and tries to use opioids while on Suboxone, there won’t be any effects. Naloxone is added to Suboxone as an abuse deterrent.
- Lofexidine: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new medication for opioid detox called lofexidine. Lofexidine is marketed under the brand-name Lucemyra. It can help with opioid withdrawal symptoms including aches, pains, spasms, cramps, sleep problems and nausea.
Hydrocodone Detox Timeline
How soon after using the last dose do signs of hydrocodone withdrawal start? How long does hydrocodone withdrawal last? These are common questions. The answers can vary from person-to-person, but in general for most people, the symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal start to subside after ten days. For many people, the signs of hydrocodone withdrawal last only five to seven days.
The signs of hydrocodone withdrawal usually begin anywhere from 6 to 12 hours after someone’s taken the last dose of the drug. Within 72 hours after the last dose, peak symptoms typically occur. Then, within the first 5 to 10 days, most people see that their symptoms will start to decline. However, people who used hydrocodone for an extended period of time could experience some symptoms for several weeks. The longer and more ongoing symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal are usually psychological. For example, someone might experience depression or cravings for weeks or months.
If you would like to learn more about hydrocodone detox in Orlando, and the options available, contact Orlando Recovery Center today.
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