Hysingla ER is an extended-release version of hydrocodone. Hysingla is not intended to be prescribed for as-needed pain relief. Instead, it’s for around-the-clock pain treatment in people already opioid-tolerant. Hysingla ER is usually taken once every 24 hours.
Hysingla ER is an extended-release version of hydrocodone. Hysingla is not intended to be prescribed for as-needed pain relief. Instead, it’s for around-the-clock pain treatment in people already opioid-tolerant. Hysingla ER is usually taken once every 24 hours. The dosage depends on the individual’s pain management needs and experience with the use of opioids. Hysingla is different from some other forms of hydrocodone. First, it doesn’t include acetaminophen. The other way it’s different is the misuse-deterrent features the medication is equipped with. The tablets are intended to be very hard to crush or dissolve, lowering, but not fully eliminating, the misuse potential. Hydrocodone is an opioid medication, so despite the misuse prevention features, addiction and dependence are possible with the use of this drug.
Hysingla is a central nervous system depressant. It’s also a Schedule II controlled substance with psychoactive properties. Anytime Hyslinga is diverted from medical use or used outside of prescription guidelines from a medical professional, it’s considered misuse. Hyslinga misuse can include crushing it or chewing it to get all of the extended-release medication at one time. Using Hyslinga without a prescription, taking it more often than prescribed or taking larger doses than prescribed are also characterized as misuse. Hyslinga binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and the central nervous system. In doing so, symptoms of Hyslinga misuse can initially include someone seeming euphoric or very relaxed. Other symptoms of Hyslinga misuse can include drowsiness, dizziness, seeming confused, nodding off or low energy levels.
Two of the most concerning side effects of Hyslinga misuse are addiction and dependence. Hyslinga misuse isn’t the same as addiction and dependence. Addiction is a diagnosable disease with specific symptoms. Dependence means that if someone stops using Hyslinga, they will go through withdrawal. While misuse, addiction and dependence are all different concepts, they often occur in conjunction with one another. Other side effects of Hyslinga misuse can include:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Muscle weakness
- Sleep disturbances
- Changes in heart rate
Addiction to any substance including Hyslinga is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease. Compulsive, out-of-control substance use characterizes addiction. When someone uses a drug like Hyslinga, it affects brain pathways, functions and neurotransmitters. The structure of the brain and how it works ultimately change, and these changes can be ongoing, which is why addiction is defined as a brain disease. The changes in the brain can then affect the person’s life, physical health and their relationships. When someone is addicted to Hyslinga, they no longer have the self-control not to use the drug. Hyslinga addiction can affect not only self-control, judgment and decision-making but also learning and memory. Signs someone is suffering from a Hyslinga addiction can include:
- Compulsive, out-of-control drug use
- Trying to stop using Hyslinga and not being able to
- Putting oneself or others in dangerous situations, especially rated to drug use
- Developing a tolerance and dependence on Hyslinga
- Using Hyslinga even when there are negative outcomes or health effects
- Making Hyslinga a top priority
- Declining performance at school or work
- Failing to meet responsibilities
- Withdrawing from daily life
- Problems with relationships
- Financial and legal problems related to substance use
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Addition, for someone to be diagnosed with an opioid use disorder, they should have at least two of 11 defined symptoms within a single year. Addiction is believed to occur along a continuum as well. For example, someone can be diagnosed with a mild, moderate or severe addiction to Hyslinga. This determination is based on the number of addiction symptoms a person displays.
Addiction and dependence to Hyslinga can occur quickly in some people, or they can be long-term effects of using this prescription medication. Also, there are other Hyslinga long-term effects to be aware of. Opioids like hydrocodone affect the gastrointestinal system, for example. They slow down the movement of the intestines, which is why constipation is a side effect of opioid use. Over time that can turn into more serious complications, such as bowel obstruction. Other Hyslinga long-term effects can include:
- Damage to the brain, respiratory and cardiac systems
- Increased pain sensitivity
- Chronic constipation
- Reproductive and hormonal problems
- Psychiatric symptoms and disorders like depression and anxiety
- Breathing problems
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Hysingla (Hydrocodone Bitartrate) Addiction
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