How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Vicodin Abruptly?

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Medical support can make a difference during Vicodin detox.

Are you experiencing unhealthy Vicodin use or are worried that you are addicted to Vicodin? While you may have started using Vicodin to treat pain, you can become dependent on this drug, needing more of it to achieve the same effects.

While Vicodin dependence can be dangerous, it is also dangerous to abruptly stop using Vicodin, as this can lead to withdrawal complications.

What Is Vicodin?

Vicodin is a short-acting opioid painkiller that depresses the nervous system, leading to a sense of ease and often euphoria. According to the Clinical Services of Rhode Island, “Vicodin is a prescription painkiller made from a semisynthetic opioid, hydrocodone, with acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.” Opioids come with a high risk of developing a substance use disorder. People can become addicted to painkillers and want to take more of it. This makes opioids like Vicodin some of the most commonly misused drugs in the country.

Substance Use Disorder and Vicodin

Vicodin misuse is a severe health issue. The narcotic element of Vicodin is addictive, while the acetaminophen is not addictive but can build up in your liver if you overuse Vicodin. Over time, you can experience physical dependence or addiction to this drug. If you repeatedly take large doses of Vicodin, you may eventually need Vicodin to feel normal, or your body could require Vicodin to release dopamine and serotonin.

Vicodin Withdrawal

According to Very Well Mind, once you develop a dependence on Vicodin, quitting or cutting back your use suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms. People who only use a small amount of Vicodin may experience flu-like symptoms, while others can experience more severe Vicodin withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Insomnia, anxiety and agitation
  • Tears, sweating and a runny nose
  • Aching muscles

Other Vicodin withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Goosebumps
  • Dilated pupils

The proper support can help you develop new strategies for ongoing mental and physical health.

How Medical Detox Helps With Vicodin Withdrawal

Medically assisted detox is a good program to enter when you want to stop using Vicodin. This kind of detox care can help alleviate some of the symptoms described, making withdrawal more manageable. For instance, when you experience Vicodin withdrawal, you can become dehydrated due to vomiting and diarrhea. Medical assistance can help ensure that you do not become dangerously dehydrated, or experience other potentially life-threatening side effects.

People who go through detox but then start to use Vicodin again will have become more sensitive to the drug. This fact can lead to overdoses, which can be fatal. Most overdose deaths due to Vicodin take place when people have recently stopped using Vicodin and begin using the drug again.

Getting support for Vicodin withdrawal can help you stay sober in the long-term. For example, if you receive counseling and group therapy, this helps you create strategies for better overall health and create a support system to help you stay sober.

Are you trying to stop using Vicodin? If you’re finding your Vicodin use challenging and you’re worried about developing a substance use disorder, talk with us. Contact The Recovery Village Columbus to learn more about our recovery programs and therapies that can help you achieve better health and navigate the physical and emotional challenges of recovery.