Hysingla (Hysingla ER) is a brand-name prescription medication used to treat pain considered severe and long-lasting. Hydrocodone bitartrate, the active ingredient, is an opioid and narcotic, and drugs in this class change the way the brain and body respond to pain.
These drugs also change how pain signals are transmitted. Hysingla is not intended for as-needed pain treatment. Hysingla is approved for use in those whose other medicines and treatment options are ineffective and do not provide adequate pain relief.
Hysingla (extended-release, ER) is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II controlled substance. XR opioids are designed to provide ongoing pain relief rather than have the entire dose begin to take effect immediately. Hysingla should only be used in opioid-tolerant individuals, and it’s available in several different dosages, as described below. When a person is prescribed Hysingla, it is intended to be taken once every 24 hours by mouth.
Hydrocodone attaches to opioid receptors throughout the body, including in the nervous system. It is a potent pain reliever, but there are side effects associated with its use as well. Respiratory depression is one of the most concerning side effects of hydrocodone and other opioids.
Common side effects of hydrocodone include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, itching, constipation, and gastrointestinal issues. Hysingla is somewhat unique in that it’s the only approved XR (extended-release), an abuse-deterrent hydrocodone-based product that isn’t combined with acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol).
Hysingla comes in tablet form, and color differences apply to different dosages, including the following:
- 20 mg are round, green tablets embossed with “HYD 20”
- 30 mg are round, yellow tablets embossed with “HYD 30”
- 40 mg are round, gray tablets embossed with “HYD 40”
- 60 mg are round, beige tablets embossed with “HYD 60”
- 80 mg are round, pink tablets embossed with “HYD 80”
- 100 mg are round, blue tablets embossed with “HYD 100”
- 120 mg are round, white tablets embossed with “HYD 120”
Is Hysingla Addictive?
Opioids are considered to be highly addictive drugs for many people. When a person uses opioids, whether by a prescription or illicitly, they cause a reward response in the brain which can induce feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and other effects some patients might find desirable. When they create euphoria, these effects also inundate the brain with dopamine, and once this reward response is triggered, physical dependence and addiction become a real possibility.
When individuals abuse prescription opioids, such as Hyslinga, they may try to crush, chew, dissolve, or inject them. This is especially true with extended-release drugs. However, when people use these drugs in ways other than what’s intended, they can get the total concentration and effects of the extended-release medication all at once. Hysingla is manufactured with abuse-deterring features but still has the potential for addiction.
Abuse-deterrent features of Hysingla include the fact that it makes it challenging to break, crush, or dissolve it. If an individual abuses Hyslinga via those methods, it turns into a thick gel-like substance that is challenging to inject. Despite the properties of Hyslinga that have been incorporated to decrease the risk of addiction, that risk isn’t eliminated.
Hydrocodone Overdose Symptoms
Many signs and symptoms are associated with an opioid overdose. Some of the more common symptoms of this condition include the following:
- Pinpoint pupils
- Stomach/intestinal spasms
- Weak pulse
- Slow or stopped breathing
- Blue fingernails and lips
An individual who experiences symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose is urged to seek emergency medical intervention. The overdose-reversal drug Narcan, or naloxone, can be administered by first responders. Many people may have Narcan readily available, via a prescription, even at home in a medicine cabinet, because they care about a loved one known to abuse opioids such as hydrocodone or heroin.
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