Hydrocodone Withdrawal & Detox

Addiction occurs when the body becomes dependent on hydrocodone to function. As soon as it’s deprived of the drug, the body produces several unpleasant symptoms, called withdrawal, as it adjusts back to functioning without hydrocodone, a process known as detoxification.
Withdrawal from hydrocodone can be a physically and psychologically painful process. The length of time detox takes, as well as the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, vary based on how severe the hydrocodone addiction is and how long it went on for.

Some more common symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Shaking
  • Irritability
  • Sweating excessively
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Anxiety
  • Aching
  • Upset stomach and diarrhea
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased heartbeat
hydrocodone withdrawal
The detoxification process from hydrocodone can be long and grueling, depending on the nature of your addiction to the opioid. To make the process as comfortable as possible, and also avoid any dangerous medical complications, many people undergo medically supervised detox at a detox center or rehab facility. There, doctors and nurses can monitor your health and comfort levels closely and possibly administer withdrawal medications to help with the process.
In some cases, it may be recommended to use medications to ease the pains of hydrocodone withdrawal.

Popular hydrocodone withdrawal drugs are:

  • Clonidine
  • Buprenorphine
  • Naltrexone
Home detox from hydrocodone can be very dangerous because of the nature of opioid withdrawal symptoms. When detoxifying from hydrocodone, the body expels toxins through vomit, diarrhea and sweat. This process is efficient at removing the chemicals, but also causes a loss of bodily fluid that can threaten your health. Undergoing medically supervised detox from hydrocodone is recommended so doctors can monitor your fluid levels and replace lost fluids with nutrient-dense compounds.  
Withdrawal from hydrocodone begins very shortly after use of the drug is stopped. Within the first one or two days, detoxing hydrocodone abusers may experience muscle aches, nausea and abdominal pain. Withdrawal will peak within the first three to five days as the body gets rid of hydrocodone toxins via excessive sweating, vomiting and diarrhea.

During day six and seven, psychological symptoms of anxiety, irritability, and mood swings take the place of physical symptoms. These symptoms can last for more than one month after use is stopped. During this time it’s important to receive medical attention, such as that at a rehab facility, to prevent relapse.
Quitting hydrocodone all at once (also called “cold turkey”) can be dangerous for your health and threaten your sobriety. Studies show those who quit hydrocodone cold turkey are more likely to relapse, because they are not supported when facing withdrawal symptoms.
While you cannot die from hydrocodone withdrawal, studies show it is possible to die as a result of anesthesia assisted rapid opioid detoxification, a new form of drug detox marketed to opioid addicts fearful of the withdrawal process. One 2012 Centers of Disease Control and Prevention study of AAROD reports six cases in which an opioid addict experienced adverse effects after the procedure, including death.
Addiction Center. “Hydrocodone Withdrawal and Detox.” Addiction Center, 17 Jan. 2017, www.addictioncenter.com/painkillers/hydrocodone/withdrawal/. Accessed 20 Jan. 2017.

American Addiction Centers. “Can Heroin, Benzo or Alcohol Withdrawal Cause Death?”American Addiction Centers, americanaddictioncenters.org/withdrawal-timelines-treatments/risk-of-death/. Accessed 20 Jan. 2017.

CDC. “Deaths and Severe Adverse Events Associated with Anesthesia-Assisted Rapid Opioid Detoxification — New York City, 2012.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 Sept. 2013, www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6238a1.htm. Accessed 20 Jan. 2017.

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Hydrocodone Withdrawal & Detox was last modified: July 7th, 2017 by The Recovery Village