Hydrocodone Withdrawal

About Hydrocodone Withdrawal 

Hydrocodone withdrawal can be managed different ways depending on the level of addiction and the individual’s past relapses. For those who find themselves addicted following surgery or treatment for other painful conditions, stepping down of dosing under the care of a medical physician might be an option. For others, the need for hydrocodone detox in an inpatient drug rehab center might be more appropriate.


The first method of gradually reducing the amount of hydrocodone taken often takes weeks or months to be completed. During this period, clients will experience some hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms such as gastrointestinal issues, insomnia, and restlessness. For a full list of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms, scroll down the page. Most clients who take the gradual withdrawal route are not addicted to hydrocodone but have developed a physical tolerance to the drug.


For individuals struggling with hydrocodone addiction, drug detoxification is often the only option. Detox treatment for hydrocodone addiction should take place in a medical facility able to provide 24/7 care. This would include the administration of drugs that help with hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms. These medications are proven to help individuals going through hydrocodone withdrawal have fewer uncomfortable side effects. Depending on the length of an individual’s opiate addiction, medications that curb drug cravings and help rid the body of substances can be a lifesaver.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal will begin after only a few hours without the drug. The level of symptoms will directly depend on the amount used and the length of addiction, as well as certain genetic individualities. For most, the symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal last for weeks to a month. Some of the symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal are the following:

  • Intense drug cravings
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes and sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive issues
  • Extreme mood swings

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About Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is an opiate that is administered to patients dealing with moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone works by slowing the brains response to pain as it disrupts opioid receptors in the brain to bind to the drug. Because hydrocodone is powerful and often mixed into narcotic painkillers, it is considered to be highly addictive. This drug is branded under several different names. Some of the more common names for hydrocodone drugs are the following:

Norco:  Prescribed in two strengths, Norco is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It has lower amounts of acetaminophen that most other combo medications, making it much more popular with addicts.

Lortab: These pills are a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, are highly addictive and tend to be abused by individuals aged 18 – 25. It is quite common for dependency to develop with Lortab use, and loved ones are encouraged to take an active role in controlling doses.

Vicodin: This medication is available by prescription and comes in three different strengths. Tablets are either 5 mg, 7.5 mg, or 10 mg. Each Vicodin also contains 300mg of acetaminophen. Until a few years ago, the amount of acetaminophen was between 500 and 750 mg, making it dangerous in higher doses. This is more so for addicts taking more Vicodin than prescribed.

Zohydro: This capsule is the only hydrocodone prescription drug that does not have acetaminophen added. It contains only hydrocodone and is only prescribed for severe pain. Because this drug is not mixed with another painkiller, the risk of addiction is high and all patients must be under a doctor’s close supervision. Zohydro is available in 6 different strengths, ranging from 10mg to 50 mg.

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