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What Are the Side Effects of Using Hydrocodone?

When you are struggling with an addiction to hydrocodone, you will face many health complications and side effects from the drug use. Initially, hydrocodone abuse creates tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal symptoms. There is also a high risk of overdose with the prolonged use of the drug, especially when used in combination with other drugs such as alcohol. When hydrocodone is abused, there are many serious health complications that may arise. Some of the dangerous health issues include breathing problems, asthma, kidney or liver disease or damage, brain and head injury, digestive or bowel problems, and even bowel obstruction. There are also numerous side effects when the drug is taken as a prescription. The side effects of hydrocodone use include dry mouth, constipation, nausea, vomiting, itching, swelling of the hands and feet, back pain, joint pain, fatigue, exhaustion, euphoria and mood changes. The longer you remain on the drug, the more you are increasing your chance for an overdose. Hydrocodone addicts will often mix the drug with alcohol or other drugs to amplify the effects.

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When hydrocodone is taken as prescribed and under the proper medical supervision, there is less of a chance for overdose. However, when the drug is abused the chance for overdose increases. Overdose symptoms include low blood pressure, irregular pulse, decreased responsiveness and awareness, falling unconsciousness, shallow breathing, cold and clammy skin, and blue fingertips and lips. Hydrocodone suppresses your breathing when you take too much. This can result in coma and then death, which is why medical attention is required immediately. Hydrocodone is also mixed with acetaminophen, which is an over the counter pain-reliever. When you use hydrocodone with more over the counter pain relievers, you are increasing your chance for liver damage, because of the increased amount of acetaminophen being processed through your liver.

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