Hydrocodone Addiction Signs and Symptoms

Why is it so Addictive?

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Hydrocodone Signs of Addiction

Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is often prescribed for treating short-term pain after dental surgeries or to help with pain related to injuries.

Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller. It can cause pleasurable effects that may lead to medication misuse or abuse. To avoid developing a dependence or addiction, it should only be taken under strict guidelines from a medical professional.

What to Look For?

When it is misused or abused, Hydrocodone can become very addictive. As with many opioid painkillers, Hydrocodone can have euphoric effects when taken in high amounts. Addiction to Hydrocodone is serious, some common signs of addiction may include:

Decreased heart rate

Difficulty breathing

Feeling fearful

Trouble sleeping

Muscle aches

Impacts of Hydrocodone Use

Immediate Impacts

The most common short-term use of Hydrocodone is to treat pain. It interacts with the opioid receptors in the brain to modify how the body feels and deals with pain. Other short-term effects are increased feelings of well-being, numbness, feeling lethargic, and reduced worry or stress. Many of these effects may be highly sought after and these feelings are increased when the drug is taken at higher doses. Taking the Hydrocodone at higher doses is dangerous and can lead to health issues or developing dependence and addiction.

Long Term Impacts

Taking Hydrocodone over a long period of time is very risky because of how easy it can become addictive. Repeated use will lead to developing a tolerance and feeling the need to take the drug in higher doses to continue feeling an effect. Doing this may lead to a dependence on the drug, making it feel very difficult to function without it. Hydrocodone abuse over a long period of time can lead to many health problems such as respiratory issues, brain damage, and liver damage. It can also have negative effects on your personal life, causing relationship problems, loss of motivation, and interfering with work-related activities.

How Long Does Hydrocodone Stay in Your System?

Hydrocodone will appear in saliva tests during the first 12-36 hours after use. It will appear in urine tests anywhere between 2-4 days after use. It stays in hair follicles the longest and will appear in hair tests for 90 days. Hydrocodone abuse is very serious. It is only recommended to take it under strict guidelines from a medical professional.

Adderall and Hydrocodone

Studies have shown that using stimulants and opioids together can give patients further pain relief benefits. For patients experiencing severe pain, this can seem like it would be beneficial. However, many medical professionals are very hesitant to administer this kind of treatment. Both Adderall and Hydrocodone can be very addictive. Administering two addictive medications to a patient could be a very high risk, this is why it is very rarely done.

Final Word

Hydrocodone is an opioid prescription painkiller. It is often prescribed for moderate to severe pain and is recommended for short-term use. As with many opioid painkillers, it can lead to misuse and abuse. Hydrocodone misuse is dangerous, and the medication should only be taken under strict medical guidelines.

Taking Hydrocodone over a long period of time can lead to many negative effects on your health and personal life. If you or someone you know is struggling, there are resources available to help. Reach out for help today.


  1. https://drugabuse.com/hydrocodone/effects-of-use/
  2. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

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