Withdrawal symptoms from Hydrocodone can be extremely uncomfortable and intense.
Without medical supervision, many have described the experience as ‘the worst flu ever’ and sadly, some decide to use in order to avoid withdrawals. There are ways to prevent intense withdrawal symptoms, and medical care is available.
Since Hydrocodone is short acting, usually withdrawal symptoms begin once the drug starts to leave the bloodstream. This usually begins within 6-12 hours after the last dose of Hydrocodone. Note however, that Hydrocodone withdrawal duration as well as withdrawal intensity will vary person to person. This depends on the formation of Oxycodone and how it has been taken.
As opposed to digesting it in pill form, injection, snorting or smoking the drug may send it faster into the bloodstream providing an immediate effect but lasting a shorter period of time which may bring on withdrawal symptoms sooner. Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms are both physical and psychological. They can be mild to extremely intense with the most common symptoms being that of diarrhea, body aches, sweating, irritability, depression and anxiety. The good news is Oxycodone withdrawal duration and symptoms can be managed under qualified medical care. With that, the Hydrocodone withdrawal duration can be greatly reduced if treatment begins before symptoms occur. A medical professional will be able to advise you on how long the process will take.
On a positive note, Oxycodone detoxification, withdrawal symptoms and duration of these symptoms are manageable. With properly managed treatment and psychological therapy, one can begin the healing process. Once the mental and physical symptoms are under control, true addiction recovery can begin.
If you or someone you love is in need of breaking an addiction from Oxycodone, please call you primary care physician, counselor or addiction specialist. If no resources are available, you can find addiction support accredited by The National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and search online for a specialist in your area.
Hydrocodone Abuse. (n.d.). Retrieved June 7, 2016.