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Long term effects of hydrocodone on the body (INFOGRAPHIC)

Long term effects of hydrocodone on the body (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Long term effects of hydrocodone on the body

Primary effects of hydrocodone on the brain

  • sedation
  • addiction
  • cravings
  • abnormal and unusual thoughts
  • drowsiness causes respiratory depression
  • mental depression

Secondary effects of hydrocodone on the brain

  • headache
  • compromised mental functioning

Hydrocodone and damage to the cardiovascular system

  • blood clotting issues
  • high blood pressure
  • low blood pressure
  • sudden drop of blood pressure

Hydrocodone and damage to the heart

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  • cardiac arrest
  • irregular heartbeat
  • rapid heartbeat
  • slowed heart rate

Hydrocodone and damage to the mouth

  • bleeding gums
  • dry mouth
  • pale or blue lips
  • swelling of tongue
  • swelling of lip

Hydrocodone and damage to the kidneys

  • decrease in urine volume
  • difficult urination
  • frequent urination
  • kidney problems
  • painful urination

Hydrocodone and damage to the lungs

  • chest tightness
  • difficulty breathing
  • respiratory failure
  • slowed respiration

Hydrocodone and damage on digestion

  • constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • vomiting

Hydrocodone and damage to the skin

  • cold, clammy skin
  • hives
  • itching
  • rash
  • severe allergic reactions
  • swelling
  • yellowing of skin

Hydrocodone and damage to the liver

  • acute liver failure
  • liver disease

Hydrocodone and damage on the ear, nose and throat

  • difficulty swallowing
  • dry throat
  • hearing loss
  • hoarseness
  • impaired hearing
  • nosebleeds
  • swelling of throat

Hydrocodone and damage on the muscles

  • back pain
  • muscle weakness
  • tightening of the muscles

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15 Responses to “Long term effects of hydrocodone on the body (INFOGRAPHIC)
8:04 pm December 30th, 2014

I;ve been prescribed these. Been taking for 2 years. VERY VERY VERY scared~

Bonnie L.Hahn
8:54 am December 31st, 2014

I was taken off hydrocodone 325/5 , 3 times daily, pramipexole and trazadone after 8 years of use. I have been in a living he’ll for over 7 weeks (no sleep, confusion, falling, dropping things, extreme pain, inability to complete the easiest task on and on). How long can I expect this will last?

11:57 am December 31st, 2014

Hello Tidyup. If you suspect long term side effects, speak with your prescribing doctor about your concerns and look for new options or alternatives for pain control.

Hello Bonnie. After long term use of 6 months or more, protracted withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) such as those you describe can occur. Check out tips for hydrocodone withdrawal and how to deal with symptoms here:

7:39 pm March 2nd, 2016

I have been off Hydrocodone 10/325 Times 6 a day if needed, It took me 6 weeks to get off that dose after taking it for seven years. I had very little constipation, but my colon just all of a sudden my became sluggish ,and I could feel the food pass through for many months, now it appears my muscles around the colon periodically become tight and uncomfortable a half hour after I eat, and I get a pounding in my back [RT] side after eating, I have severe low back/Lumbar stenosis. I Had a CT scan in Feb 2015 and an ultra sound, Liver function and other blood test to rule out any bowel disease, All my test are quite normal, but I could never get an answer as to why the my outer back on the right side would always get very uncomfortable from both my primary MD and Gastro MD. As long shot or guess I could have these symptoms coming from my Stenosis? I remain off all narcotics and never have had the urge to take any , I’m certainly glad I’m off of them, other over the counter meds work just fine most of the time, Thanks for listening/Jerry

4:29 am October 5th, 2016

I am doing an APA research paper over hydrocodone and how can I can I get this poster for an visual aid?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:51 pm October 20th, 2016

Hi Nikki. Did you try with the command “save image as” directly on the infographic by clicking the right button of the mouse?

5:35 am February 16th, 2017

My Doctor prescribed Hydrocodone 7.5/325 MG 3 times a day in 2015 for pain in my back caused from several herniated discs. I am monitored monthly by visiting my Doctors office. My question is I am plagued by chronic sleepiness. I sleep 10 t0 12 hours a day. I have spoke to my Doctor about this problem. Also I have days of severe depression, and feeling angry about my quality of life. Sleeping so much has caused my metabolism to become sluggish and I have gained 20 pounds. Is there a drug I can take which will be much easier on my body and still give me the results of diminishing my pain?

1:49 am February 23rd, 2017

I take 3 to 7 Tylenol #4 tablets daily with alcohol, what withdrawal symptoms will I experience if I stop & what physical/mental side effects will occur if I continue taking these amounts!

5:50 pm February 24th, 2017

Hi Pete. Depends on how much alcohol you mix with them. I’d suggest you go to a doctor and get a referral to a detox center. Withdrawing on a combination of meds can be serious and risky.

1:53 am February 23rd, 2017

I took 11 10/325 mg hydrocodene, how many days before it won’t show up in a urine drug test?

5:48 pm February 24th, 2017

Hi Pete. Hydrocodone detection times are unknown for blood and sweat screens. However, hydrocodone can be present in the saliva 12 to 36 hours after last dose or 2 to 4 days in the urine. Hydrocodone is also present in the hair for up to 90 days after last dose.

6:27 am March 25th, 2017

My father had kidney cancer in late 70s and had one kidney removed.Then later in life was prescribed hydrocodone 7.5 mg 4x daily and took them routine for chronic pain for about 10 years then suffered with chronic kidney failure and now has diaylsis three times a week can the long term use of them cause the kidney failure?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:05 pm April 6th, 2017

Hi Amber. I’m really sorry for your loss. Autopsy report will tell you the real cause of death.

7:02 am August 17th, 2017

I’ve been taking hydrocodone for about 3yrs and am now experiencing kidney problems, I’m very worried but as always it’s hurry up and wait to see the next doctor.

1:42 pm August 17th, 2017

Hi Edith. I believe that in this situation it is best to see all doctors that you need to see and follow through with tests and physical examinations required. This is necessary to ensure appropriate pain relief while limiting serious and potentially preventable adverse effects – such as respiratory depression, hypotension, or central nervous system (CNS) toxicity – from either hydrocodone or its metabolites.

As for your continued use of hydrocodone, you may be able to continue therapy. In fact, it has been estimated that up to one-third of patients with renal dysfunction (defined as creatinine clearance [CrCl] < 50 mL/min) also receive opioids to relieve pain, including hydrocodone. Doctors will just need to be extra careful in determining your dose intake amount and frequency.

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