Hydrocodone Withdrawal and Detox

Hydrocodone Withdrawal and DetoxWhen your hydrocodone consumption ceases, you will likely experience the initial withdrawal symptoms within six-to-12 hours, and certainly within the first 24 hours. Some of the common symptoms of opioid withdrawal include:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever or chills
  • Shaking, tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Extreme restlessness and agitation
  • Sudden increases in heart rate and blood pressure
  • Runny nose and eyes
  • Heavy sweating

You’ll likely experience bouts of anxiety and depression during withdrawal. Consequently, as your brain struggles to adjust to the absence of the drugs it has come to depend on.

Because hydrocodone withdrawal produces powerful cravings, it can lead to health complications. Also it is highly unpleasant in general. Medically-supervised detox programs have been created to help people make it through this difficult first stage of recovery.

Medically Supervised Detox for hydrocodone

When you’re ready to embrace sobriety, your detox will take place in a fully staffed clinical facility. Which is now a standard offering at all high-quality rehab centers. Throughout your stay in detox you will be kept under 24-hour observation. Additionally, you’ll have unlimited access to all forms of medical treatment and technology. Should you suffer complications related to withdrawal or have other mental or physical health conditions that require medical intervention it will be right at hand.

To help reduce the impact of withdrawal, medications may be provided. Notably one of the most commonly used medications in opioid detox is buprenorphine. This is a mild opioid that duplicates the effects of hydrocodone in the brain. Although, without the powerful cravings or euphoria1. Withdrawing from buprenorphine is less stressful and physically taxing than hydrocodone withdrawal. Additionally, tapering off buprenorphine can therefore make the transition to sobriety less painful and easier to endure.

Two other medications frequently offered during opioid detox are clonidine and lofexidine. Neither drug is an opioid, but both of which can lessen the intensity of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms2. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist which is administered during detox. It can help preserve sobriety by blocking the effects of hydrocodone in the brain. However, the latest research shows that this medication works best if taken in the post-detox period3.

The physical symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal generally peak in intensity three-to-five days after the last dosage. However, after about seven days they will usually decline to the point where they are tolerable. The psychological side effects of hydrocodone withdrawal (anxiety, depression, mood swings) can continue for up to a month or more. However, it may need to be addressed during formal treatment.

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We provide holistic care and treatment using an individualized approach specifically tailored to your needs. Our holistic care and treatment is based on the best scientific evidence available. Secondly, we help you lead a healthy, substance-free life with adaptive coping and problem-solving skills. Don’t let hydrocodone addiction control your life. Our addiction professionals can help you get on a path of recovery, significantly changing your life. Contact us today for more information on our certified staff of professionals, as well as our first-rate facilities.

  1. Gowing, L. et al. Buprenorphine for Managing Opioid Withdrawal.
  2. Gerra. G. et al. Lofexidine versus Clonidine in Rapid Opiate Detoxification.
  3. Lee, Joshua MD. Et al. Comparative Effectiveness of Extended-Release Naltrexone versus Buprenorphine-Naloxone for Opioid Relapse Prevention.
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