Zohydro ER Addiction and Abuse

Zohydro ER is a medication prescribed to patients to relieve their severe ongoing pain, such as pain due to cancer. It is classified as an opioid analgesic, meaning that it reduces pain by changing the way the brain responds to it.

Common side effects of Zohydro ER which usually do not require medical attention include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. With time, these common side effects should go away. If they do not go away or get worse, tell your doctor.

Serious side effects of Zohydro ER are uncommon but important to be aware of in the case of an emergency. Serious Zohydro ER side effects include mood changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, and signs of the adrenal glands not working such as loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Tell your doctor right away if these symptoms become noticeable.

You should seek emergency medical attention immediately if you experience the following after you have used Zohydro ER: fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, seizure, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, and difficulty waking up.

Zohydro ER Addiction and Abuse

Zohydro ER should be used on a regular schedule. This medication is not meant to be used for sudden or breakthrough pain.

Take Zohydro ER by mouth as your doctor instructs, usually every 12 hours. Zohydro ER can be taken with or without food. It is recommended that patients who are suffering from nausea take Zohydro ER with a meal. Zohydro ER capsules should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, chew, or dissolve the capsules, as this may release all of the medication at once and increase your risk of side effects.

Do not adjust your Zohydro ER dosage or treatment schedule without direction from your doctor. Your condition will not improve any faster if you take more than your recommended dose. In fact, your risk of side effects will increase with higher doses, which may cause problems with your Zohydro ER treatment.

Zohydro ER patients who use the medication responsibly are still at risk for developing a Zohydro ER addiction or dependence. If you begin to think that you or someone you know is abusing Zohydro ER, seek help as soon as possible. Signs that may point to Zohydro ER addiction can include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Zohydro ER, losing interest in the hobbies you once enjoyed, performing poorly at work or school, and suffering from financial problems due to spending money on obtaining Zohydro ER.

Patients recovering from Zohydro ER addiction are always at risk for relapse. Therefore, it is important for patients to seek an aftercare program after they finish rehab. Aftercare programs can keep recovering patients drug-free for longer.

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