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can you tell me about hydrocodone dependence and long term use?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Too broad a ?: Hydrocodone, found in Vicodin and other meds, will produce the same kind of dependency as any opioid. However, since it is combined with tylenol, (acetaminophen) the usual maximal dose is about 8 pills a day, which results in a relatively moderate physical dependency. It does need to be tapered after long-term use, because sudden cessation will produce opioid withdrawal symptoms. Side effects- edema,constipation

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Has rage ever been associated with excessive hydrocodone?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Yes it has!: Irritability, anger and even severe rage is not an unusual side effect to hydrocodone. That medicatioin should never be taken without close supervision by a licensed physician and any side effects reported immediately to that physician.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
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Yes they can.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How long will hydrocodone stay in your system?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
MAY I ASK EXACTLY: Why are you asking this question? Be honest.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to drive after taking medicine that contains hydrocodone?

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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management 19 years experience
No: I tell my patients to "not drive or operate heavy machinery" after taking any sedating medications. Many people have gotten duis with no alcohol in the system if they are visibly impaired from even prescribed medications.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of hydrocodone?

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Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 33 years experience
Several: Hydrocone produces tolerance (the need for greater doses to achieve the same effects). They decrease your pain tolerance (opioid induced hyperalgesia). They lead to constipation, and reduced testosterone levels. But addiction is a disease. Alcohol doesn't cause addiction. Cigarettes don't. Either. Most people who take narcotics do not become addicts.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I help my husband through hydrocodone withdrawl?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
TAKE HIM TO A DOCTOR: That specializes in drug withdrawal treatments.

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