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Medically reviewed by Drugs. Last updated on Feb 9, Applies to hydrocodone : oral capsule extended release, oral tablet extended release. Prior to prescribing hydrocodone, assess each patient's risk for opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse, and regularly monitor all patients for opioid addiction behaviors or conditions.
How Hydrocodone Is Used for Pain Management
Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms can make it difficult for you to stop taking your pain medication, resulting in prescription drug addiction. Your body and mind become dependent on hydrocodone. The drug has changed the way your body responds to stimuli - such as pain - and without it, your body will return to its original state before you began taking it. You will also experience psychological cravings. Taking your pain medication has become a habit, and you have grown to depend on it to relieve your discomfort.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, sleep disturbance, goose bumps, and upset stomach. The type and severity of withdrawal symptoms depend greatly on the individual as well as the duration and severity of hydrocodone dependence. Effects often range from mild to severe. Most hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening. But a person who is going through relatively severe withdrawal should be properly managed to avoid complications.