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Long term effects of Hydrocodone addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

Long term effects of Hydrocodone addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Addiction = Physical and psychological dependence are seen in people using higher amounts of hydrocodone for a longer period of time.

Mechanism of Hydrocodone action

Hydrocodone interacts as an opiate agonist at specific receptor binding sites in the central nervous system. Specifically, it interacts with the delta-receptors, localized in the limbic regions; the mu-receptors, from the pain modulating regions; the kappa-receptors, localized in the deep layers of the cerebral cortex; and the sigma-receptors, which is thought to mediate the dysphoric and psychotomimetic effects of some opiate partial agonists.

 How addictive is Hydrocodone?

MODERATE/HIGH – Hydrocodone is highly addictive. Hydrocodone can be habit-forming, causing physical and psychological dependence. Its abuse liability is similar to morphine and less than oxycodone.

 Is damage caused by Hydrocodone permanent or reversible?

Permanent

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  • acute liver failure
  • damage caused by cardiac arrest
  • damage caused by respiratory failure

Possible

  • bleeding gums
  • compromised mental function
  • depression
  • headaches
  • lowered immunity
  • pale or blue lips
  • severe allergic reactions

Reversible

  • constipation and loss of appetite
  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • irregular heart rate
  • blood clotting issues

How Hydrocodone addiction affects you?

Health

  • coma or death from overdose on hydrocodone
  • inability to fight viral and bacterial invaders
  • visceral organ damage or failure
  • weight loss

Work

  • impaired mental abilities
  • inattentiveness
  • problems at work
  • weakened physical performance

Self esteem

  • dissatisfaction with life
  • low self-esteem
  • negative body image
  • social withdrawal

Relationships

  • brokenness within the family unit
  • damaged relationships
  • isolation from family and friends
  • personality shifts

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