Hydrocodone is a semi synthetic opioid
generally used to treat moderate to severe pain when used medically. It is a schedule III (C-III) narcotic
in the Controlled Substance Act in the United States of America meaning it has a moderate abuse potential, unlike C-II or C-I drugs which have much higher abuse potential.
When used recreationally, hydrocodone produces effects very similar to morphine
, and oxycodone
. Intensity is slightly lower than morphine or heroin because these two drugs are generally administered intravenously
Contrary to popular belief, hydrocodone is actually a very addictive drug
when misused. When used under medical settings exactly as prescibed
, most users of hydrocodone do not become addicted to the drug. But many other people can go doctor shopping
to obtain this drug and use it for their own recreational use.
When people withdrawal
from this drug whether they are addicted or just dependent(dependence just means the user's body responds negatively to the absense of the drug, but not necessarily addicted) on it, the person will be overcome by a feeling of a bad case of the flu
, unless the person seeks methadone
replacement therapy. Withdrawal symptoms generally include, insomnia, shakes, chills, anxiety, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, restless leg syndrome, and goosebumps. Withdrawal symptoms begin shortly before the next dosing time, and continue for 72 hours, increasing in intensity, then after the 72 hour peak, the symptoms drastically recede. Usually after a week, all physical withdrawal symptoms end. Usually, an addicted person who was using the drug for recreational purposes only, will have a protracted phase of withdrawal that is only psychological
which can last around 6 months. During these 6 months, the ex-user will feel compelled to use the drug again, talk about the drug a lot, and have a strong desire to use, despite the fact they have no physical withdrawal symptoms. Usually after 6 months of abstinence
from hydrocodone, the user will have almost no phsychological withdrawal symptoms
I was prescribed 80 hydrocodone (10mg hydrocodone/ 650mg acetaminophen
)with 3 refills to help with post operative surgery. I used it every once in a while, for a month until I got my cast off my arm. Then a few months later I took one for a headache. I really liked the feeling so I just started taking one every day, then I started taking it twice a day, and then I upped my dose. I obtained all the refills from the pharmacy without any questions.
This is the point in which I was addicted. I started stealing pills, buying them off the street, because if I didn't have them, I would be in the worst pain of my life. I did this for about a year until I was taking about 18 of these pills at a time. I thought I was dying the last time I used because I puked a river. So I went through the withdrawal which was hell
Today I still feel a desire to use the drug, despite the fact that my liver may be shot, and all the negative things that happened.
I can give you two words of advice, if you are in severe pain and need this drug, use it for your pain. If you are looking to get high, DO NOT use this drug, stick to something like weed