Norco and Vicodin Detox and Withdrawal
Hydrocodone is a synthetic opioid available only by prescription commonly indicated to treat moderate to severe pain. It is typically combined with acetaminophen (paracetamol), a pain reliever associated with the brand name Tylenol. This combination is most recognizable by the trade names Norco and Vicodin and can be found in both tablet and elixir forms. vicodin detox
Hydrocodone, however, has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Using this drug for longer than a few days increases the risk of dependence, and should only be used for chronic pain cases involving cancer or palliative (end-of-life) care.
Indeed, drug diversion involving medications containing hydrocodone and non-medical use has increased markedly in the last few years. Hydrocodone is also the second-most commonly found prescription opioid in drug evidence received by forensic laboratories at the United States federal, state, and local levels.
Withdrawal symptoms start within a few hours of the last dose. As an opioid, hydrocodone has similar withdrawal symptoms to heroin and oxycodone.
Common withdrawal symptoms often begin within 24-48 hours after cessation and may continue for several days. These may include:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Anxiety, depression
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold flashes
Painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms typically peak on Day 2 or Day 3. Chronic symptoms such as depression and anxiety may persist for several weeks or months.
Norco and Vicodin Detox
Detoxing from hydrocodone along is not recommended. A clinical detox is the preferred approach for several reasons. One, detoxing in an around-the-clock, 24-7 supervised environment prevents relapse and allows medical personnel to monitor symptoms, check vital signs and administer medication as needed to alleviate discomfort.
Second, although withdrawal symptoms are rarely life-threatening, severe depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. Third, detox facilities often provide referrals or direct transition into rehab and treatment that is essential for long-term recovery.
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~ Nathalee G. Serrels, M.A. Psychology