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Short Term Effects of Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is the main active ingredient in a number of opioid based pain killers that include: Norco, Vicodin, Lorcet, Hycet, Zamicet, , Xodol, and, Verdroce. Of these drugs Vicodin is probably the most well known, as for a time it was prescribed fairly sparingly by physicians throughout the country.

This however is not a slight at doctors but rather is a reality that occurred, due to our lack of understanding of how addictive this drug can be, and the fact that certain opioid manufacturers were running marketing and education campaigns that down played the addictive nature of many of the opioids of the market.

With that said hydrocodone is almost 100 years old at this point and even when it was first approved for usage in the United States, there was some trepidation about whether or not it would cause widespread addiction among its users. The reason for this apprehension was the euphoria that the drug produced and how some individuals who took it experienced cravings and a desire to use the drug that hindered their ability to think in a logical or safe manner.

Although, the first realization of hydrocodone’s addictive possibilities did not truly come to fruition until the 1960s when the culture around drugs in the United States began to change, and many individuals of that generation fell into substance abuse.

Over the proceeding decades hydrocodone addiction took a backseat to the other more widespread drug addictions that were occuring in the country and as such, it sort of went under the radar until the early 2000s when opioids began to really become a huge issue.

Since that time we have as a country battled with the opioid question and how it is best to proceed with dealing with opioid addiction. This question has not been answered on a macro scale, but individually there are many options for people who are in need of help with their hydrocodone addiction.

So if you think that you may have an issue with hydrocodone addiction and you are not sure where to turn to, then please continue to read on, and call the number at the bottom of this page. There is no need to attempt to manage and control your addiction on your own, as professional and understanding individuals are just a phone call away.


Hydrocodone in and of itself shares many of the same short term effects that other opiates and opioids have. However the short term effects of hydrocodone, when mixed with other drugs, like the acetaminophen in Vicodin, can cause other bodily injuries that many opioids do not share. For instance an individual who takes Vicodin on a regular basis could experience liver damage, or could possibly experience a negation of other drugs that they are taking, like SSRI antidepressants.

The same can be said for if an individual is simply taking hydrocodone on its own, where they may experience the short term effects of hydrocodone, where previous medications they were taking no longer produce their intended purpose. This is why it is always important that you use these substances under the guidance of a physician and that if you have a history of substance abuse, you expose this to your physician so that they can find an alternative for you.

While many people believe that opiate based painkillers are the only way that they can deal with their chronic pain, many individuals find, once they get sober, that they are able to deal with their pain in ways that do not involve them using high addictive substances.

Along these lines if you are experiencing the short term effects of hydrocodone usage and you are using the drug recreationally, you should discontinue usage immediately, and seek professional medical assistance on this matter.

Some of the most common short term effects of hydrocodone usage are:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired judgment
  • Confusion.
  • Subdual of cough reflex
  • Feeling of euphoria
  • Feeling of calm and relaxation
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Lower awareness of pain

Failing to recognize the dangers that are inherent in the short term effects of hydrocodone usage, can result in fatal medical complications or addiction. As this is a highly addictive drug, it should not be taken lightly and all precautions possibly should be made, if it becomes necessary for you to use this drug.


One of the most common and unintentional short term effects of hydrocodone usage that people find very difficult to cope with is addiction or physical dependence. While many people would not view addiction as a short term effect of a drug, when it comes to opiates and opioids, this is a reality that many people face.

The truth is that no one sets out to become addicted to a particular substance, meaning no one sits down and has the conscious thought, “I think I’d like to be addicted to drugs now,” but since often times addiction is indicative of other issues going on within the individual, their need to satiate or quell these other issues have the unintended result of addiction.

Not to mention that since these drugs are so powerful it is easy to fall into addiction in a very short period of time. An individual could, if they have a predisposition to addiction, become physically and psychologically dependent on drugs like hydrocodone within a few weeks after their first usage. This may sound like an over exaggeration, but it is the truth and is a testament to how powerful and addictive these substances are. For this reason alone recreational usage of hydrocodone can be tremendously dangerous, and if you are using this substance recreationally, you should stop immediately.

So if you believe that your loved one is abusing hydrocodone and you are having difficulty dealing with this fact, then you should reach out to us, and allow us to guide you on what to do next. While you may feel at a total loss, or even feel hopeless in the situation, it is important to understand that there is help out there for you and for your loved one, and that a life beyond substance abuse does exist.


If you find that you cannot stop using hydrocodone even though you would like to, then you may be suffering from hydrocodone addiction. While you may be embarrassed by the fact that you cannot stop using drugs, it is important to understand that addiction is an actual recognizable disease and as such you’re inability to stop on your own should not be a cause for shame or guilt. It is estimated that 1 in 6 adults in the United States suffer from addiction, so you are not alone in your struggles, nor do you have to fight them by yourself. So if you are at the point where you would you like help overcoming your addiction, call us at 1-866-972-7714. We are standing by to provide you with the best treatment and recovery options, so that you can finally leave behind your old life of addiction and start new on the road to recovery. Call now!