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Why Is Hydrocodone Addictive?

Hydrocodone is a widely prescribed pain reliever and cough suppressant. It is sold under many different brand names and has a history in Canada for being used a cough suppressant. Hydrocodone is an opioid class of drugs known as a narcotic analgesic. When the drug is used, it connects to the opioid receptor proteins in the brain and spinal cord. Opioids interfere with the pain signals sent to the brain and change your perception of pain. The opioids in hydrocodone eventually replace the naturally occurring opioids, which is why users develop a tolerance and become dependent on the drug. Some people start taking the drug to manage pain or a regular cough and will feel that euphoric effect more so than others. The longer you remain on hydrocodone, the more the of a tolerance builds, developing into physical and psychological dependence. The symptoms of hydrocodone abuse and addiction vary from person to person. The symptoms with hydrocodone use include a slowed heartbeat, nausea and vomiting, confusion, headaches, blurred vision, muscle weakness, and dizziness.

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People become addicted to hydrocodone through a prescription that is misused or taken longer than needed. Or they are already an opioid addict and are purchasing the drug illegally through street-level dealers or online pharmacies. Some of the signs of addiction include hoarding medication, and doctor shopping, which is seeing multiple doctors at one time. Most opioid addicts will exaggerate their symptoms when speaking to doctors and will continue to take the drug despite all the consequences. An addict will also develop a constant preoccupation with taking the drug and will avoid situations in which the drug is unlikely to be available. Drug addiction leads to neglecting responsibilities, and an opioid user will not quit using it.

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