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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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4 Responses to “Long term effects of hydrocodone on the body (INFOGRAPHIC)
Tidyup
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:

http://addictionblog.org/tag/hydrocodone-withdrawal/

Jerry
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

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