Dihydrocodeine is a medication given to patients to treat pain, fever, and swelling. This medication is a combination of opioid pain reliever, aspirin, and caffeine.
The opioid pain reliever affects centers in the brain in order to provide pain relief, while aspirin decreases pain fever and swelling, and caffeine helps increase the effectiveness of the aspirin.
Some patients may experience side effects after using dihydrocodeine. Common side effects of the medication include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, tremors, constipation, dry mouth, lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. Talk to your doctor if these common dihydrocodeine effects persist or worsen over time.
More serious side effects of dihydrocodeine use include agitation, hallucinations, mood changes, irregular heartbeat, increased thirst or urination, ringing in the ears, easy bruising or bleeding, signs of infection, persistent sore throat, fever, heartburn, discomfort when swallowing, dark urine, yellowing of the skin or eyes, signs of kidney problems, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness and weight loss. These side effects of dihydrocodeine should be taken seriously, so promptly let your doctor know if they become noticeable.
Seek professional medical attention immediately if you experience fainting, seizure, black stool, severe stomach or abdominal pain, vomit that resembles coffee grounds, slurred speech, and weakness on one side of the body after taking dihydrocodeine.
Patients who take dihydrocodeine as directed may still be at risk of developing a dihydrocodeine dependence or addiction. If you notice signs of dihydrocodeine addiction in yourself or in a loved one, seek professional help as soon as possible. Dihydrocodeine addiction signs can include losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed and becoming obsessed with finding and taking dihydrocodeine. Remember, the sooner you seek help for dihydrocodeine addiction, the sooner you will be on your way to living a happier, healthier, substance-free life.
If you are no longer interested in treating your pain with dihydrocodeine, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss your options. In most cases, doctors will gradually lower a dihydrocodeine patient’s dose over time so that the body can respond to less of the medication. Never stop taking dihydrocodeine suddenly, or “cold turkey,” as this can potentially cause unwanted withdrawal symptoms. Never adjust your dihydrocodeine treatment or dosage schedule without explicit instruction from your doctor or pharmacist.
At The Recovery Village, patients can access a variety of resources and treatment options to overcome their substance use disorders for good. Regardless of whether or not a patient enrolls in the outpatient or inpatient programs, they will first need to safely detox from dihydrocodeine. Once all the medication is removed from the body, patients can access individual and group counseling sessions and recreational activities at The Recovery Village.
Inpatient dihydrocodeine rehab allows patients to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient treatment centers. This program is very beneficial for patients who are experiencing severe dihydrocodeine addiction or those who are having trouble recovering from their addiction due to distractions from the outside world. In this program option, patients will learn coping skills to help with their dihydrocodeine addiction from professionally trained staff and practitioners.
Once a patient completes the inpatient dihydrocodeine rehab program, they will be placed in the outpatient dihydrocodeine rehab. In this program, patients will live at home while coming to The Recovery Village for their scheduled treatment appointments. Some patients with mild dihydrocodeine addiction may not enter an inpatient rehab program and instead, begin with outpatient dihydrocodeine rehab.
Choosing a dihydrocodeine rehab center is an important step in each patient’s recovery journey. It is recommended that potential patients schedule a meeting with their doctors to identify any unique features they may need to seek in a dihydrocodeine rehab center. You may also want to consider how long you have been taking dihydrocodeine and your dosage levels when choosing a dihydrocodeine rehab center in order to make the most informed decision possible.
If you or someone you love is suffering from dihydrocodeine addiction or another form of substance abuse disorder, do not hesitate to seek the help you need as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many resources and program opportunities to fit the needs of all patients.
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