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could hydrocodone affect serotonin in any way?

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Dr. Karl Haake
Anesthesiology 23 years experience
Depression: Long term use of opioids, such as hydrocodone, can cause depression. Low serotonin levels also cause depression. If you have a history of depression and are not being treated, use of hydrocodone can make the depression worse. Theoretically, this could be due to low serotonin levels.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop my addiction to hydrocodones?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Addiction: Best to get help. Talk to your doctor about getting help with rehab. Most people need assistance with professionals to get over addictions.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there natural sources of serotonin and/or non-prescription ways to create or retain it the brain?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Not a good idea: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that effects mood. Many medications used in psychiatry alter serotonin metabolism. Many of these medications can have serious side effects related to excessive levels of serotonin. This is not a substance to work with unless under a physician's careful supervision. Alternative therapies may benefit but not backed up by clinical research; should not be toyed with.
Dr. Pejman Katiraei
Holistic Medicine 18 years experience
Dr Cohen raises a good point - you must be careful with serotonin. At the same time, magnesium, b6, folate, b12 and various other vitamins/minerals can have a significant effect on serotonin levels. Studies are not available because "natural" treatments to adjust serotonin levels must be specific to the person. I have seen depression resolve when the right diet and nutrients are introduced.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does saratonin withdrawal last?

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Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Slow taper!!!!!: It could be a couple of days to over a week, depends on the medication that you are taking and the dose. The best way to avoid this is by properly coming off the medication on a slow taper.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What can you do to ease saratonin withdrawal symtomes?

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Dr. Anne Sagalyn
Dr. Anne Sagalynanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Slower withdrawal: May need to taper very slowly with oral form of medication-you can reduce dose by fractions of mg-if it comes in concentrated form, or if you are coming off of a shorter acting ssri, adding Prozac (fluoxetine) for a few days at the end of treatment can help. If all else fails, a compounding pharmacist can make up the ssri in tiny doses which allows you to withdraw over several months. Not that uncommon.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long does hydrocodone stay in your body?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Why ask?: Are you trying to hide the illegal use of hydrocodone? With updated technology a urine drug screen can detect hydrocodone or its metabolites for many days.

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