Reprexain is an opioid pain reliever prescribed to patients experiencing short-term (10 days or less) moderate to severe pain. Reprexain is a combination of two separate medicines created for pain management: hydrocodone and ibuprofen.
Hydrocodone alone has a high potential for misuse, but when it’s mixed with ibuprofen, the effects are intensified. For this reason, Reprexain has a higher than normal chance for substance use disorder.
As previously mentioned, Reprexain is a combination painkiller that is used for short-term pain management. Reprexain is typically prescribed to adults because the strong potency might cause severe side effects in children.
When a doctor prescribes Reprexain to a patient they will monitor them regularly to ensure misuse does not occur. Following the provided directions from a doctor will lower the chances of developing the psychological disease of addiction, however, the narcotic has a strong effect and even people who take it as directed may become reliant on it. It’s normally prescribed in oral tablet form.
Common side effects of Reprexain are:
More serious side effects of Reprexain include:
- Shallow breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Muscle weakness
- Blurred vision
- Extreme drowsiness
Speak with a doctor as soon as possible if any of the severe side effects occur.
As stated, Reprexain produces a strong euphoric effect due to the traces of hydrocodone and ibuprofen. It’s easy for a person to build up a tolerance and start to misuse the opioid.
Reprexain misuse happens when the drug is taken in ways that enhance its effects, like crushing and snorting it versus taking it orally. Misuse also occurs when the dosage is increased without the approval of a doctor.
If someone becomes addicted to Reprexain, not only will they start taking it more frequently, they will also seek ways to obtain the drug illicitly when they do not have a prescription. Other noticeable signs of Reprexain addiction are showing a lack of interest in aspects of daily life, appearing disoriented and tired when not taking the narcotic, and they may display mood changes like angry outbursts and irritability.
Opioids like Reprexain can cause unpleasant withdrawal effects upon discontinuation. Some withdrawal symptoms occur in as little as four hours after the last dose, depending on the severity of the person’s substance misuse.
Withdrawal symptoms for Reprexain can become so severe that it’s difficult to stay in recovery if detoxing without medical supervision. It’s important for a person struggling with substance use disorder to detox at a facility to reduce the risk of recurring use.
At The Recovery Village, our facilities provide medications to help deal with withdrawal symptoms, easing their severity to allow for a more comfortable recovery. If you or a loved one are taking Reprexain and fear misuse is happening, don’t hesitate. Contact The Recovery Village to learn more about our programs.
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