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Hydrocodone withdrawal - May 22nd 2011, 02:33 AM

I'm addicted to hydrocodone, but my supply just ran out. I've tried everything to get more, but I can't. I'm concerned about withdrawal. What will it feel like? When will it start?how long will it last? Physical and psychological symptoms? Shit. I'm screwed. Help me out. Please and thank you.
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Re: Hydrocodone withdrawal - May 22nd 2011, 10:23 PM

Source: http://http://back-pain.emedtv.com/hydrocodone/hydrocodone-withdrawal-symptoms.html

Some symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal are
  • sweating
  • insomnia
  • shivering
  • shakiness
  • diarrhea
  • goosebumps
  • cravings for the drug itself
  • anxiety
  • pain
  • nausea
  • runny nose
None of these symptoms are dangerous for you, but monitor them closely. If any of them become particularly unbearable, you might want to visit your doctor or the nearest rehab facility.

The website I provided can give you more information on what to expect. You'll most likely feel the effects of the symptoms when all the hydrocodone leaves your system. It usually lasts until you feel you don't need to be dependent on the drug anymore, which could last anywhere from weeks to months.

I suggest getting outside help with this, as in a doctor. Hyrdocodone can be potentially dangerous to your health.

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Re: Hydrocodone withdrawal - May 23rd 2011, 08:24 AM

I agree with almost everything Shannon said, but I wouldn't expect to feel incredibly horrible physically for weeks or months. Honestly, I think it depends on how long you do it for, how mentally addicted you are, and how much you psych yourself into thinking it'll be worse than it is.

Yeah, withdrawal really sucks. But honestly, I wouldn't expect anything "unbearable" (Usually it just kind of sucks) after a few days, two weeks tops.

But that's just with my experience and what I've seen others go through. It may be helpful to talk to a doctor, because they actually can be helpful with this sort of thing. =)

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Re: Hydrocodone withdrawal - May 23rd 2011, 01:12 PM

Only other potential withdrawl symptoms I'd add to ShannonPants' list would be depression, fever and restlessness. The length of the symptoms is partially dependent on the dosages you took and for how long you've been using hydrocodone. Generally, within 2-3 weeks, the symptoms should stop or at least be very much reduced. Since hydrocodone has a half-life of up to 6 hours, possibly from then to 12 hours, you may want more (minor craving) but as you stop taking it, you'll get a greater craving and any of the other symptoms. I say 2-3 weeks because although the substance is out of your system, your body is reacting to not having it. If you take it during this time, you'll get a heightened response, that is, if you usually took, say, 5 pills but only take 1 pill, it will feel like you've taken around 5 pills. This phase is called cross-sensitization, meaning if you take any other pain killers, you'll get a heightened response akin to the hydrocodone.

If the symptoms, other than the cravings, become quite intense, you may want to ask your doctor/pharmacist for something such as propanolol but do tell them why you're experiencing the symptoms. Propanolol addresses every single one of the symptoms except depression and craving, although it's officially a hypertension medication.

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