Welcome to the topic, “Why Is Hydrocodone Addictive?”
Hydrocodone is a drug used to cure pain and affects your brain’s reward center. Here we’ll discuss stimulation of the reward center of the brain and how addictive is hydrocodone.
It is the most common opioid used to cure chronic pain in a patient with surgery or an accident. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified it as a Schedule II controlled substance because of its high potential for misuse. All substances in this category have a very high potential for abuse and ultimately lead to addiction. We have asked our experts how it is abused and what to do in case of addiction.
How Addictive is Hydrocodone?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that hydrocodone is the most common prescription drug.
Hydrocodone is an opioid that triggers the brain cells to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the feeling of pleasure.
Hydrocodone use creates a feeling of euphoria that is more passionate than naturally-occurring feelings of pleasure. This extreme feeling of pleasure influences you to take the drug again as the naturally occurring pleasure seems dull in comparison to drug euphoria.
The feeling of euphoria due to hydrocodone reinforces you to take the drug again and results in upcoming addiction.
In addition to the maintenance of the feeling of pleasure you also take the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Taking this drug only for 3-5 days can result in physical dependence which leads to withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit it.
Hydrocodone Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Hydrocodone addiction can produce changes in a person’s behavior and physical appearance.
The signs and symptoms of hydrocodone usually include the following:
- Slow breathing
- Skin and bodily infections
- Poor personal hygiene
- Doctor shopping, in which you go to different doctors to find better prescriptions.
- Trying to fill out the prescription form before the top-up date.
Hydrocodone addiction can be treated in different ways including behavioral therapy, counseling programs, and medicine. Ask our healthcare professionals for help.
What other information should I know?
Keep in touch with your doctor and laboratory throughout the dosage of hydrocodone. Your doctor will perform some physical and lab tests to check for any side effects during the prescription period.
In general, before any test especially lab tests, tell your healthcare professional and the laboratory expert that you are taking this drug.
If your doctor allows you to continue this drug don’t forget to visit your doctor after short intervals to avoid any odd effects. If hydrocodone is not relieving your pain call your doctor.
It is essential to have a list of the medicines you are taking either prescription or non-prescription medications, as well as any other health-related products such as minerals, vitamins, or other dietary supplements. You must bring a list of your medicines and products when you visit your healthcare professional every time or if you are admitted to the hospital. You should also carry this information in case of emergency.