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Hydrocodone Detox

Most of us who have had acute pain or have had painful medical/dental procedures were most likely prescribed Hydrocodone. This drug is useful as an analgesic as well as a cough suppressant.

Hydrocodone is known as a “white collar” drug addiction. However, people from all walks of life struggle with dependency on Hydrocodone. This drug is reported to be the most prescribed opioid in the U.S. Unsupervised Hydrocodone detox and withdrawal can be very dangerous.

The opioid crisis forced the medical industry to hammer down on being very selective in dispensing these drugs. As a result, there was a significant decrease in prescriptions in four years.


  • 7 million Hydrocodone prescriptions


What is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a drug prescribed by your physician to treat pain. Because of its efficacy in suppressing cough, many cough elixirs contain this drug. This drug contains codeine, which is an opiate and is often combined with other drugs to target pain or a cough.

One of the below is added to Hydrocodone for pain.

  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin

One to several of the below is added to Hydrocodone for cough.

  • Chlorpheniramine
  • Guaifenesin
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Phenylephrine
  • Dexchlorpheniramine
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Homatropine

Brand Names

The most common brand names that contain Hydrocodone include Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet-HD, Hycodan, OxyContin, Methadone, and Vicoprofen.

Pain Relieving Brand Name Drugs Containing Hydrocodone

  • Allay® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Alor® (Aspirin, Hydrocodone)
  • Anexsia® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Anolor DH5® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Azdone® (Aspirin, Hydrocodone)
  • Bancap HC® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Ceta Plus® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Co-Gesic® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Damason-P® (Aspirin, Hydrocodone)
  • Dolacet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Dolagesic® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Dolorex Forte® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • DuoCet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Hycet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Hycomed® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Hydrocet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Hydrogesic® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Hy-Phen® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Liquicet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Lorcet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Lorcet Plus® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Lortab® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Margesic-H® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Maxidone® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Norco® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Oncet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Panacet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Panasal® (Aspirin, Hydrocodone)
  • Panlor® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Polygesic® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Procet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Reprexain® (Hydrocodone, Ibuprofen)
  • Stagesic® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • T-Gesic® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Ugesic® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Vanacet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Vendome® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Vicodin® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Vicodin ES® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Vicodin HP® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Vicoprofen® (Hydrocodone, Ibuprofen)
  • Vidone® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Xodol® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Zamicet® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Zolvit® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)
  • Zydone® (Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone)

Cough Suppressants/Expectorants Brand Name Drugs Containing Hydrocodone

  • Atuss HD® (Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone, Phenylephrine)
  • Bal Tussin HC® (Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone, Phenylephrine)
  • Codiclear DH® (Guaifenesin, Hydrocodone)
  • Donatussin MAX® (Carbinoxamine, Hydrocodone, Phenylephrine)
  • EndaCof XP® (Guaifenesin, Hydrocodone)
  • EndaCof-Plus® (Dexchlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone, Phenylephrine)
  • Entuss® (Guaifenesin, Hydrocodone)
  • Histinex HC® (Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone, Phenylephrine)
  • Hycodan® (Homatropine, Hydrocodone)
  • Hycomine Compound® (Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone, Phenylephrine)
  • Hycotuss® (Guaifenesin, Hydrocodone)
  • Hydromet® (Homatropine, Hydrocodone)
  • Ibudone® (Hydrocodone, Ibuprofen)
  • Kwelcof® (Guaifenesin, Hydrocodone)
  • Lortuss HC® (Hydrocodone, Phenylephrine)
  • Rezira® (Hydrocodone, Pseudoephedrine)
  • TussiCaps® (Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone)
  • Tussionex® (Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone)
  • Vanex-HD® (Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone, Phenylephrine)
  • Vituz® (Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone)
  • Zutripro® (Chlorpheniramine, Hydrocodone, Pseudoephedrine)

The Abuse of Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is designed to change the way our brain interprets pain. Because it affects the central nervous system, it tends to numb the urge to cough. That is why so many prescription cough medicines have Hydrocodone.

When our brain detects Hydrocodone in the system, it will release dopamine, causing us to feel good after taking the drug. Those of us who abuse Hydrocodone do so because we seek out that pleasurable feeling the drug induces. Repeated misuse leads to addiction.

The perception that opioid addictions dominate the adult population surprisingly proves to be incorrect. In 2016, 6.9 million children 12 years and younger abused Hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone Addiction

If you or someone you know are taking Hydrocodone and you suspect there might be a problem with addiction, we have a few signs to look for.

  • Taking higher doses than prescribed
  • Needing the medication after the prescription runs out
  • Obsessive thought about running out of the medication and how to get more
  • Finding illicit ways to obtain more
  • Breaking the pills in half to make them last longer
  • Needing to take the drug before going out to be more sociable

Side Effects of Hydrocodone

  • Euphoric feeling
  • Constipation
  • Feeling drowsy
  • Lightheaded
  • Anxious
  • Dry mouth
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • No appetite
  • Addiction
  • Overdose
  • Withdrawal
  • Death

Withdrawal Symptoms

Abruptly discontinuing Hydrocodone is never recommended if you have been taking it awhile or are addicted to it. Withdrawal side effects can be severe and even require medical help. How long does Hydrocodone detox and withdrawal last? It differs for everyone. We have provided a look at what a typical Hydrocodone detox and withdrawal timeline looks like.

Symptoms begin anywhere from 12-30 hours after the last dose (lasting 4 to 14 days)

  • The nose begins to run
  • Feeling anxious or panicky
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Peak Withdrawal (occurs around 72 hours after the last dose)

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Abdominal or muscle cramping/pain
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

An example scenario of someone withdrawing from an opioid:

The last Norco pill was taken in the morning. By the end of the day, it starts to feel like a cold is coming on because of a runny nose that will not stop and an overall sense of feeling tired causes you to go to bed early. However, you can’t sleep.

You go to work the next day feeling worse, and by noon you leave work to go home. Another sleepless night has passed. You begin to feel achy all over and a bit queasy in the stomach. You lay down and manage to sleep for a little bit but then are woken up in the middle of the night with what feels like the stomach flu. Vomiting has left you shaking and sweating profusely.

A sense of panic hits because you realize you are probably having withdrawal. You are suffering from Norco withdrawal (Day 3) and have no other choice but to call for help.

Once your symptoms begin to disappear, you may find that you may continue to have withdrawal symptoms that appear randomly even after you have gone through detox.

Some of us would rather acquire more pills to stop the withdrawal symptoms. When this happens, we are likely to take too many because of how severe the symptoms are. Little do we know we can easily overdose by doing this!

Overdose from Opioids:

  • 128 people die daily from overdosing on opioids
  • Hydrocodone is the third leading opioid users overdose on

Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction

Are you ready to get help for your addiction to Hydrocodone? There is no embarrassment in seeking help. The drug may seem to have you trapped, but you have the key that unlocks the door. That key is picking up the phone and calling us for help. Do not put it off or second guess your ability. You have a powerhouse inside of you that is waiting to take charge.

Resurgence is where you need to be to get the help you need to become better. We have someone waiting for your call. Our phones are manned 24/7. You will not get a recording but a real live person who genuinely cares about you.

When you arrive here at the center, you will be greeted by team members who warmly welcomes you. Our center is not the dingy, institutional-like environment from the past, but a home-like atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. We offer residents accommodations and amenities which they are accustomed to in standard, executive, or luxury levels.

If you prefer a holistic or faith-based program, we also offer that. We use evidence-based therapies that include cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Hydrocodone detox is something you will need to complete to cleanse your body of the drug. We offer options in detox to ensure you are comfortable during the process.

Skills and strategies are things we will also equip you with, so when you begin to ease back into life with partial hospitalization, you can do so with confidence. After partial hospitalization, you will become an outpatient by attending scheduled visits to continue therapy. We understand that busy lives may get in the way of your visits. When this happens, you have the option of intensive outpatient therapy visits.

Payment and Insurance

We will gladly contact your insurance to verify coverage. When it comes time to make a payment, we accept those through our secure online payment service. We accept most PPO insurances. If you do not see yours listed, please contact us.

  • Assurant Health
  • Vista Insurance Partners
  • Humana
  • Ameritas Group
  • Health Net
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Blue Cross
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

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