Zydone Abuse, Signs, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment
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Zydone is a brand name medication containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Like other narcotics, it has a high potential for abuse.
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According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, "There are numerous brand and generic hydrocodone products marketed in the United States." Most of these are combination products like Zydone, which also contains acetaminophen. This medication is effective for treating moderate to severe pain, but unfortunately, its misuse is also very rampant.
People can easily find hydrocodone-based products anywhere, from a friend or neighbor's house, being sold on the street, on the Internet, or by doctor shopping. Prescription narcotic abuse is a serious threat in our community today, and misusing Zydone can cause a number of dangerous effects, including tolerance, dependence, overdose, and addiction.
Signs and Symptoms of Zydone Use
Similarly to other opioid drugs, Zydone causes relaxation and drowsiness. Patients are advised to be very careful while taking the drug, especially until they know exactly how it will affect them, and to not drive or operate machinery while on it. According to the National Library of Medicine, other common signs and symptoms of use include:
- Fuzzy Thinking
- Small Pupils
- Dry Mouth and Throat
- Problems Urinating
- Mood Swings
Most of these effects are not severe, and if they persist, they can be treated with medications. Constipation is the most complained of symptom associated with opioid use. However, there are some serious risks that Zydone may cause, and it is very important to be aware of these before starting your treatment regimen with the drug.
Risks of Zydone Use
According to the Prescription Monitoring Program, one should "avoid drinking alcohol while taking hydrocodone and acetaminophen." Drinking can intensify the effects of both substances, making the potential for an overdose more likely. Alcohol can also increase one's risk of liver damage from acetaminophen.
Overdose is a serious concern, as liver failure and respiratory depression (caused by each drug present in the medication when used in high doses) can both be deadly.
If you believe someone has overdosed on Zydone, it is important to call 911 immediately and to get them help as soon as possible. Other signs of overdose include;
- Clammy Hands or Skin
- Extreme Tiredness
- Slow and Shallow Breathing
- Slowing of the Heartbeat
A person can become dependent on Zydone while taking the drug regularly, even if they are not abusing it. Withdrawal symptoms are usually not life threatening, but they can be painful. This is why patients must be weaned off the drug slowly instead of stopping their medication suddenly.
Some individuals take the drug in order to experience a euphoric high caused by large doses. Others may become tolerant to its effects while taking it as prescribed and turning to abuse in order to experience the same effects they once did. Whatever the reason it occurs, Zydone abuse is dangerous and can lead to severe effects.
Any of the issues listed above are more likely to occur in those who abuse Zydone. Addiction is also a strong possibility for those who misuse the drug often and in large doses; eventually, use will become compulsive. Some individuals even turn to heroin to counteract tolerance and to be able to more easily obtain the drug of their choice. The more severe one's addiction becomes, the more difficult treatment will be.
Zydone Addiction and Treatment
Like with other opioid drugs, Zydone addiction is treated with medications and behavioral therapies. Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are all effective medications for the treatment of opioid addiction, and depending on the severity of your dependence, one may be more effective for you. Therapy regimens like cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and/or contingency management can also be helpful for promoting better life skills and retraining the brain.
Zydone is an effective pain medication, but like other drugs of its type, its potential for abuse is very high. If you or someone you love has been misusing their medication and needs help finding treatment, call 800-807-0951 today. Your recovery starts now.