The drug in question belongs to the category of narcotics, but the fact is that it is not possible to use it unless it is a part of some other product in which there is at least one more active ingredient. Due to its opioid nature, it is primarily employed when pain needs to be relieved, and since it is on the list of the controlled substances, a prescription from the doctor is absolutely necessary in order to obtain it. The medication needs to be taken in the prescribed manner, and under no circumstance the person who uses it should increase the doses or take it more often than the doctor ordered. It is very likely that such irresponsible use will cause addiction, which is why those people with the history of drug abuse should never be prescribed with this narcotic.
And yes, hydrocodone addiction is very common, mostly due to the fact that products that contain it are not expensive at all, and what’s more, when it comes to the territory of the United States, they are rather frequently prescribed for various reasons. Another reason that lies behind this common type of addiction is closely related to the fact that the use of the products that contain it is not as regulated as the use of hydrocodone alone, which makes them easier available.
Symptoms that are very likely to indicate addiction include unexplained changes in behavior or mood, replacing good old friends with new ones, lack of money, need to spend a lot of time alone, and even lying and stealing might indicate it.
Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms are inevitable if the person stops to take this medication too suddenly, and it does not really matter if the person in question actually abused the drug or used it chronically, they are very similar to those that occur in cases of real drug addicts. The body gets used to the effects of this narcotic very easily, and it is logical that once it is deprived of the drug in question, physical response will follow.
Even though it is easy to predict that the symptoms are not at all comfortable, they are rarely life threatening. However, since their severity and intensity may vary, medical help might be needed in cases when they are severe and intense. The most frequently present are sweating, shivering, diarrhea, anxiety and pain in the muscles, joints and bones. However, the person is also very likely to experience problems with sleep and appetite.