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Vicodin Withdrawal


For patients in need of moderate to severe pain relief, a common option that doctors will opt for is Vicodin. As with many pain relievers, the possibility of abuse and addiction remains present. If a person begins to take more than their prescribed dose or even obtain the drug without a prescription, they are at risk of developing an addiction. This likelihood is exacerbated by the potential for withdrawal. Banyan Treatment Center Delaware is exploring the facets of Vicodin withdrawal and what you should do if you find yourself in the middle of such a condition. 

What Does Vicodin Do? 

Vicodin is a combination drug that is responsible for suppressing the central nervous system, impacting the user’s ability to experience pain. This relief typically lasts around 6 hours, and many physicians will prescribe this medication after a patient has had surgery. It is made of a combination of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen, the former of which is an opioid painkiller. Acetaminophen is also used to relieve less severe pain, but when mixed with hydrocodone develops into a far more potent substance with an elevated risk for addiction.  

With the ability to produce feelings of relaxation and contentment in a patient, many people seek out these sensations by upping their own dose. Some people will even go as far as to steal a prescription that is not their own. This is when a person is most at risk for developing tolerance. Once tolerance has been established, it is likely that ceasing use would result in noticeable and, oftentimes, unpleasant withdrawals.  

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms 

There are unpleasant sensations and symptoms that a person is at risk for developing during a withdrawal from Vicodin.  

Typical withdrawal symptom examples include: 

  • Disturbances to one’s sleep, such as restlessness, insomnia, and subsequent fatigue 
  • Cold-like symptoms, such as fever, body chills, shivering, sweating, congestion, and a runny nose 
  • A minimized sensation of hunger 
  • Mental disturbances, including mood swings, anxiety, and irritability 
  • Stomach issues like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea 
  • Enlarged pupils, bodily cramps and tremors, salivation, and rapid breathing 

You can overdose on Vicodin if you consume more than your body can metabolize. This becomes even more likely as tolerance continues to develop. A person may not even realize that they are overdosing until it is too late. We implore patients to practice discretion and reach out for help if they notice themselves beginning to display signs of dependency. 

Some examples of overdose symptoms include: 

  • Headaches 
  • Confusion 
  • Disruption of speech patterns 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Seizures 

For those amid a dependency, Banyan’s Delaware rehab center offers effective prescription drug addiction treatment to help you get your life back on track. 

How Long Does Vicodin Withdrawal Last? 

Because this drug has a half-life of 4 hours, it will take the body 8 hours to process and release any residual presence. Once this process concludes, symptoms will begin. Users can expect their symptoms to significantly decrease within 7 to 10 days after their last use. That said, the Vicodin withdrawal timeline can be prolonged to last weeks and months and will depend on the unique physical faculties of each patient.  

What is important to remember is that no one should be forced to face any kind of substance withdrawal on their own. In fact, opting to detox at home can be far more dangerous than detoxing in a professional setting. Therefore, our detox in Delaware offers substance-specific options that allow people from all walks of life to experience the benefits of such a treatment program. 

Banyan’s Milford Rehab Is Here to Help 

If you or someone you care about is struggling through withdrawal symptoms or even a full-blown addiction, our team of clinical professionals is ready and waiting to provide the care necessary for you to make a complete recovery. Our facilities boast a variety of care levels that grant our patients the ability to move through the treatment process gradually so that no one must feel like they are pushed into something they were not ready for. For instance, certain patients may need 24 hours residential treatment, while others feel ready for an intensive outpatient program that allows them to maintain personal responsibilities whilst pursuing treatment. No matter the case, your well-being, and success are top priorities for us. 

To learn more about program options at our Delaware drug rehab, call Banyan Treatment Centers at 888-280-4763 today! 


Related Reading:

Difference Between Vicodin and Percocet 

Vicodin Overdose: Symptoms and Doses 

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.