What is hydrocodone

Long-term effects of hydrocodone use can include a broad range of physical problems—from acetaminophen toxicity and liver damage to sensorineural hearing loss. Some of the most damaging results of being addicted to hydrocodone, however, may be the adverse effects on your personal life.

What are the dangers of hydrocodone?

Long-term effects of hydrocodone use can include a broad range of physical problems—from acetaminophen toxicity and liver damage to sensorineural hearing loss. Some of the most damaging results of being addicted to hydrocodone, however, may be the adverse effects on your personal life.

What exactly does hydrocodone do to you?

Hydrocodone may cause slowed or stopped breathing, especially during the first 24 to 72 hours of your treatment and any time your dose is increased. Your doctor will monitor you carefully during your treatment. Your doctor will adjust your dose to control your pain and decrease the risk that you will experience serious breathing problems.

What should I know about hydrocodone?

To make sure hydrocodone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • breathing problems, sleep apnea;
  • a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
  • drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
  • urination problems;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid; or
  • a heart rhythm disorder called long QT syndrome.

What is the best way to take hydrocodone?

The best way to take Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen), a prescription medicine to treat moderate to moderately severe pain, is with a full glass of water. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk.

What are the long term effects of hydrocodone?

The list of potential long term effects of hydrocodone on the brain and body is very long, but some of the most common include: Hormonal changes that lead to reduced fertility, sex drive, and libido. Weakened immune system leading to increased risk of infection and some cancers.

Does hydrocodone Make you Sleepy?

Common hydrocodone side effects may include: constipation, nausea, vomiting; dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired; headache; or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.

How does hydrocodone affect your liver?

Hydrocodone abuse may lead to liver damage because toxins may remain in the liver for extended periods of time. If the liver is already damaged, hydrocodone is even more likely to take longer to metabolize, or breakdown, and may result in further damage.

What can I do about Nausea caused by hydrocodone?

An overdose of acetaminophen and hydrocodone can be fatal. The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.