Vicodin is a prescription painkiller most commonly used to treat symptoms associated with moderate or severe pain. Vicodin is a combination of two effective pain relievers – acetaminophen, which is an over-the-counter pain reliever most commonly found in Tylenol, and hydrocodone, a narcotic opioid that is both potent and habit-forming. Even when Vicodin is taken exactly as prescribed by a medical professional, it can produce euphoric effects, which leads to its high propensity for abuse.
What is Vicodin Dependency?
There are many serious physical and psychological symptoms associated with long-term Vicodin abuse, including anxiety and depression, persistent confusion, and a lack of coordination, seizures and convulsions, and a dangerously slowed heartbeat. Despite all of these serious side effects, men and women who abuse Vicodin often find it difficult to stop on their own accord. This is because the associated withdrawal symptoms are so severe.
If an individual abuses this specific medication for any length of time, he or she will rapidly develop a physical tolerance, meaning that a greater dose of Vicodin is required for the same results to be produced. Once a physical tolerance develops, the individual will experience symptoms of withdrawal as soon as use is stopped abruptly. While these symptoms are not life-threatening, they can be extremely uncomfortable when not effectively treated in a medical detox facility, and can easily lead to relapse if they are undergone in an at-home setting.
Symptoms of Vicodin Withdrawal
There are two main stages associated with Vicodin withdrawal – the early stage and the late stage. The initial symptoms are typically less severe, and within the first two to three days of withdrawal, they develop into more severe physical and psychological symptoms. The initial symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal include:
- Physical symptoms that resemble the symptoms of a cold or flu, including runny nose, watery eyes, a low-grade fever, general aches and pains, and general feelings of unwellness
- Excessive yawning
- Sweating and chills
- Insomnia and other sleep-related issues
- Mild to moderate anxiety
- Changes in mood which typically include agitation and irritability
- Muscle aches and pains
Dangers of Vicodin Withdrawal
The more serious symptoms that occur during the later stages of Vicodin withdrawal include:
- Severe stomach cramping
- Severe nausea and diarrhea
- Muscle pain and bone pain
- More severe symptoms associated with anxiety, including hyperventilation and panic attacks
- More severe symptoms associated with depression, including suicidal ideation
Even individuals who were taking this medication short-term (after a surgical procedure or by the recommendation of their doctor to treat another kind of acute pain) are liable to experience withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped suddenly. Fortunately, medical detox facilities like Allure Detox can effectively treat symptoms associated with Vicodin withdrawal, ultimately offering a completely safe and pain-free detoxification experience. If you have been abusing Vicodin or another prescription opioid narcotic for any length of time, there is help available. Reach out today for more information.
Pain-Free and Safe Withdrawal at Allure Detox
At Allure Detox, we offer a safe and pain-free Vicodin withdrawal in a closely monitored environment, providing men and women of all ages with the most comprehensive detox experience available. While our main priority is ensuring that none of our patients experience the more severe symptoms associated with Vicodin withdrawal, we also focus on providing a range of recovery-related resources and services geared towards making the transition to the next appropriate level of clinical care as seamless as possible.
It is important to note that when it comes to Vicodin addiction, medical detox is just the first step on the long-term road to recovery. For our patients to be successful and maintain sobriety long-term, they must transfer into an inpatient treatment center once they have been physically stabilized. Allure Detox works closely with many reputable drug rehabs in the immediate area. Once you or your loved one has safely undergone Vicodin withdrawal, we will help develop a plan for continuing care. For more information, reach out today – we are standing by 24 hours a day to answer any additional questions you may have.