- Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Hydrocodone
- A pleasant feeling of euphoria
- Achy muscles
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Excessive perspiration
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils
- Goose bumps
Detoxification cleanses the body of Vicoprofen and its toxic effects. Vicoprofen detoxification brings a drug-dependent body to a drug-free state.
Doctors prescribe Vicoprofen to relieve acute pain expected to last a short time. Vicoprofen is not appropriate for the treatment of chronic pain, like that caused by arthritis.
Vicoprofen is a brand name pain reliever, sold by prescription only to reduce the risk for drug abuse and physical dependence. Vicoprofen contains 7.5 mg of hydrocodone and 200 mg of ibuprofen. Hydrocodone and ibuprofen work in different ways to reduce pain; these differences become apparent during Vicoprofen detoxification.
Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid; this means drug manufacturers make hydrocodone from derivatives of the opium poppy plant. Hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opioid in the United States. Like other opioids, hydrocodone works with the nervous system to change the way the brain interprets the pain signals it receives from around the body.
Opioids cause other neurological effects, with the most immediately noticeable being:
Opioid use causes other, more subtle neurological changes. Continuous hydrocodone use causes some of these changes to become more permanent to alter how the person behaves, thinks, and feels. These alterations can adversely affect his ability to work, fulfill personal responsibilities, and interact with others. Chronic hydrocodone abuse may result in job loss and financial crisis, separation from spouses and children, homelessness, criminal activity and incarceration, illness, infectious diseases, overdose, and death.
The hydrocodone in Vicoprofen works with other body systems to cause various additional effects. For example, opioids stiffen smooth muscles to make them less functional. Smooth muscles are located along the digestive tract, under the skin, in the eyes, and in the cardiovascular system. Vicoprofen use can affect these systems to cause constipation, changes in pupil sizes, and alterations in blood pressure and pulse. Vicoprofen detoxification can also affect smooth muscles to cause diarrhea, large pupils, goose bumps, and increased blood pressure and pulse.
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, that works differently than hydrocodone to relieve pain. Ibuprofen decreases the levels of prostaglandins in the body. Prostaglandins are responsible for sending pain message to the brain, causing inflammation, and raising body temperature to cause fever.
Ibuprofen is not associated with abuse but long-term use of this common analgesic can cause significant effects during Vicoprofen detoxification.
Dependence, Vicoprofen Detoxification, and Withdrawal
Hydrocodone is the most widely prescribed drug in the United States, with pharmacists filling more than 139 million prescriptions for products containing hydrocodone in 2010. Most patients use Vicoprofen and other hydrocodone as directed and dispose of unused portions at the appropriate time.
Some people, however, keep unused portions for non-medical reasons. To use a drug non-medically means to take it to get high or to treat a different condition than the one it was prescribed for. Each year, about 5 million Americans abuse hydrocodone or other opioids for non-medical reasons. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, hydrocodone is associated with more abuse than any other legal or illegal opioid, with about 10 percent of Americans use hydrocodone non-medically.
The human body adapts to the presence of some toxic substances, including hydrocodone or other opioids. With continuous Vicoprofen use, the body begins to depend on a certain level of opioids to feel normal - the body becomes opioid-dependent. When hydrocodone levels drop in an opioid-dependent person, his body struggles to adapt to the new chemical balance and cleanse itself of the toxic effects of Vicoprofen. Medical professionals refer to this as detoxification.
Vicoprofen withdrawal symptoms
An opioid-dependent person experiences Vicoprofen detoxification through flu-like withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms usually appear in two phases, with the first wave beginning a few hours after the last dose of Vicoprofen.
Initially, the patient might experience:
Later, she may develop:
Withdrawal symptoms persist five days or longer. Frequently, the most severe symptoms appear on or about the fourth day. Unless interrupted, withdrawal symptoms fade as the body completes Vicoprofen detoxification and do not return unless the individual relapses to an opioid-dependent state.
Someone can ease the severity of withdrawal symptoms by taking certain non-opioid drugs, such as Imodium to slow diarrhea, without disrupting the detoxification process. He could stop withdrawal symptoms completely by taking more Vicoprofen, but this would reverse the effects of detoxification and return him to an opioid-dependent state.
Benefits of Vicoprofen Detoxification
Vicoprofen detoxification rids the body of opioids and reverses the toxic effects of opioids. The detoxification process begins to reverse the neurological effects of drug abuse, restoring the individual’s thought processes, emotional stability, and healthy behaviors in a way that helps him get back to work or school, reunite with family, and interact with others. Vicoprofen detoxification and rehabilitation help the patient regain as much of his former life as possible.
Vicoprofen detoxification is only one part of the recovery process and, by itself, does little to change the behaviors that can lead someone back to drug abuse. Most opioid-dependent people benefit from some degree of rehabilitation to learn how to live without Vicoprofen. Vicoprofen detoxification stops withdrawal symptoms permanently to help the patient make sound choices regarding his recovery, including the decision to enter and remain in rehabilitation long enough to fully reverse the neurological changes associated with drug abuse.
Vicoprofen detoxification begins to reverse some of the physical effects of chronic drug use. Patients feel better and are less likely to return to drug abuse after detoxification. Vicoprofen detoxification reduces the frequency and severity of drug abuse episodes when they do occur.
The Institute of Addiction Medicine estimates there are almost 2 million opioid-dependent people in the United States. Each of these individuals must undergo some form of detoxification to reach an opioid-free state.
Types of Detox
The word ‘detoxification’ can refer to the medical process of lowering opioid levels and relieving withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification can occur at home, in a hospital, or at a special detoxification clinic.
Only about 10 percent of the people attempt detoxification at a specialty facility, like an inpatient facility, outpatient clinic, or mental health center; everyone else engaged in self-care, asked a private physician for help, went to an emergency department, or quit opioids while in jail or prison. Each of these is a viable choice, as each person experiences opioid dependence and Vicoprofen detoxification in a slightly different way.
Self-detoxification usually occurs at home. When a doctor discontinues Vicoprofen, she will usually suggest the patient wean himself from this drug by taking smaller doses each day. This tapering method is appropriate for people who have been dependent on opioids for only a short time, have no other medical conditions that might cause complications, and are unlikely to suffer withdrawal symptoms.
Unless the individual relapses, self-detoxification will bring him to an opioid-free state in a week or two.
Lingering withdrawal symptoms prevent some people from tapering Vicoprofen doses. These individuals might be tempted to try quitting “cold turkey” by discontinuing Vicoprofen abruptly. Anyone who attempts quitting suddenly should expect severe withdrawal symptoms.
Some natural remedies reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms to make Vicoprofen detoxification easier to bear. Ginger or peppermint relieves nausea, for example, while chamomile or cayenne curb diarrhea. Meditation, yoga, massage or acupuncture relax the patient and reduce body aches and other symptoms.
A few people devise homemade treatment plans that include prescription and non-prescription drugs to reduce withdrawal symptoms. One well-known remedy is The Thomas Recipe, which calls for a prescription benzodiazepine like Xanax or Librium to calm nerves and promote sleep, along with non-prescription Imodium for diarrhea, and vitamin B6 and hot baths for muscle aches.
Medical detoxification, sometimes called medication-assisted detoxification, uses potent opioid or non-opioid drugs to control the onset of Vicoprofen detoxification and manage withdrawal symptoms. Medical detoxification occurs through an outpatient clinic or inpatient facility.
Many outpatient clinics now offer opioid replacement drugs, such as methadone and buprenorphine, to reduce withdrawal symptoms during tapering. These replacement drugs are opioids, so they mimic the effects of hydrocodone enough to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Therapeutic doses of methadone and buprenorphine do not get the consumer high.
Patients start out on a high induction dose of the replacement drug - just enough to cover withdrawal symptoms - before reducing dosages during the tapering phase.
Outpatient detoxification is appropriate for those dependent on Vicoprofen longer than one year, could not taper Vicoprofen, and require a great deal of flexibility to continue working or taking care of family during the detoxification process.
German scientists synthesized methadone for the first time in 1939, in their search for a safe, effective opioid pain reliever. Doctors around the world still prescribe methadone as an analgesic but U.S. physicians usually reserve methadone for the treatment of opioid dependence, most notably heroin.
Most people associate methadone with a maintenance program that delays the detoxification process while the patient engages in rehabilitation. He comes to an approved clinic once a day to drink a beverage containing methadone. Each dose of methadone prevents withdrawal symptoms for 24 to 36 hours. Once the patient learns how to lead a drug-free life, he weans himself from methadone. About 100,000 Americans use a methadone maintenance program.
Many outpatient clinics now use methadone to ease withdrawal symptoms during tapering. Outpatient clinicians typically start the patient on 10 to 15 mg of methadone and increase dosages by 10 mg each day until he establishes a safe induction dosage that effectively covers withdrawal symptoms. The patient then tapers methadone dosages until he is opioid-free.
Buprenorphine is a safer alternative to methadone, effective as part of a drug maintenance program or as an aid to tapering. Buprenorphine is for sublingual administration - the patient places a buprenorphine tablet under his tongue, where it dissolves and enters the bloodstream at the appropriate rate.
A few people get high by dissolving buprenorphine tablets before injecting the drug into a vein. Drug makers discourage this intravenous abuse by adding naloxone to the brand name buprenorphine preparation, Suboxone. Naloxone has no effect when taken sublingually, but intravenous administration of naloxone neutralizes the effects of buprenorphine to prevent the consumer from getting high. Furthermore, intravenous naloxone use causes withdrawal symptoms in an opioid-dependent consumer.
Inpatient Vicoprofen Detoxification
Hospitals, special detoxification facilities, and other inpatient institutions usually employ a variety of potent non-opioid drugs to perform Vicoprofen detoxification. A detoxification specialist might administer naltrexone or another drug to lower hydrocodone levels before giving the patient hydroxyzine or promethazine to soothe nausea, Loperamide to slow diarrhea, and clonidine for watery eyes, sweating, and restlessness.
In addition to medical grade detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs, inpatient facilities usually screen patients for underlying conditions that may cause complications and provide close patient monitoring to address any complications that do arise.
Inpatient Vicoprofen detoxification is appropriate for anyone at risk for severe withdrawal symptoms or complications. Those who could not complete less restrictive Vicoprofen detoxification programs can benefit from inpatient care.
Anyone recovering from an overdose must participate in inpatient Vicoprofen detoxification, as should someone with any medical condition that makes outpatient detoxification unsafe. Those with severe psychiatric problems, including acute psychosis or depression with suicidal thoughts, should detoxify from Vicoprofen in an inpatient setting.
Rapid opiate detox is a safe, effective procedure that rids the body of the toxic effects of Vicoprofen in a few hours rather than in days, weeks, or months. Rapid detox clinicians sedate and anesthetize the patient before administering the usual detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs so the patient rests in a comfortable “twilight sleep,” unaware of the grueling withdrawal symptoms that may have prevented success in the past.
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We screen patients for any pre-existing conditions that could undermine their success then develop a personalized treatment plan that may include rapid detox. Once the patient completes detoxification, he may continue recovery in our qualified aftercare center.
Comparisons of the various approaches to Vicoprofen detoxification
Choosing between the various approaches to Vicoprofen detoxification can be confusing. It is sometimes helpful to compare the treatment plans to highlight the benefits and disadvantages of each.
Self-detoxification is the least costly because it does not utilize professional medical services or anti-withdrawal drugs. Without these services, self-detoxification is also the most uncomfortable way to achieve a drug-free state. Self-detoxification does deliver the individual to a drug-free state in a short time in comparison to outpatient care.
Outpatient care produces fewer withdrawal symptoms and complications than self-detoxification but is not as safe as inpatient Vicoprofen detoxification. Because it uses opioids, outpatient care delivers the patient to an opioid-free state the slowest as compared to all other approaches.
Inpatient care provides the greatest protection from complications and withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient detoxification is also shorter than outpatient care, with the average length of stay of 4 days for inpatient care, compared with 197 days for medication-assisted therapy.
Rapid detox brings patients to an opioid-free state in the least amount of time - in hours instead of in weeks or months. Rapid detox also provides the greatest relief from the painful and demoralizing withdrawal symptoms associated with Vicoprofen detoxification.
Possible Complications to Vicoprofen Detoxification
Vicoprofen detoxification does not normally produce life-threatening consequences but withdrawal symptoms and underlying medical conditions can cause dangerous complications. Prolonged and extreme vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration and other health problems.
Withdrawal symptoms can worsen underlying conditions to cause serious complications. For example, increase blood pressure and pulse associated with Vicoprofen detoxification can aggravate some heart conditions.
Vicoprofen detoxification can cause pain to return in people who take an analgesic for an acute injury or illness. The physician will likely prescribe a non-opioid pain reliever for these individuals.
Relapse is the most significant complication associated with all approaches to Vicoprofen detoxification. A person might take more Vicoprofen to stop overpowering withdrawal symptoms or relapse sometime after completing Vicoprofen detoxification.
Relapse increases the risk for toxic overdose, which can be fatal. The detoxification process lowers the body’s tolerance of hydrocodone, making the person more sensitive to the effects of opioids. This increased sensitivity and lowered tolerance makes it possible for someone to overdose on a smaller amount of Vicoprofen than he took just a few hours earlier, before experiencing even minor withdrawal symptoms.
In 2008, approximately 14,800 Americans died from overdose of Vicoprofen and other opioids, more than overdose from heroin and cocaine combined.
Self Detox Possible Complications
Prolonged and severe vomiting or diarrhea can cause dehydration. Vicoprofen detoxification can sometimes increase blood pressure, pulse, and sweating in a way that aggravates some heart conditions.
Possible Complications to Outpatient Detoxification
Some people become dependent on the replacement drugs and have trouble quitting methadone or buprenorphine at the appropriate time. Methadone overdose is causing an increasing number of deaths in the United States, where there were 5.5 times as many deaths associated with methadone in 2009 than there were in 1999. Methadone now accounts for about a third of opioid pain reliever deaths even though methadone sales represent only about 2 percent of sales on the prescription painkiller market.
Buprenorphine abuse may cause death, especially if the consumer combines buprenorphine with benzodiazepines, like those used in The Thomas Recipe.
Potential Complications to Inpatient Vicoprofen Detoxification
Inpatient care provides a great amount of protection against complications but a patient may suffer obstacles to recovery. One major complication is simultaneous withdrawal from multiple substances, especially detoxification from alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs.
Rapid Detox Possible Complications
Someone could have an allergic reaction to the drugs used in rapid detox. Strong sedatives may complicate breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate. A patient might experience infection, bruising, or swelling at the injection site.
Myths about Vicoprofen Detoxification
Through decades of research, scientists have discovered a great deal of information about opioid dependence and detoxification. Despite this research, myths shrouding detoxification prevent an untold number of people from getting the help they need to reach an opioid-free state. Discovering the truth about detoxification and withdrawal
Self Detox Myths
Myth: Self-detoxification is not life threatening, which means it is always safe for everyone.
Fact: Self-detoxification produces uncontrolled withdrawal symptoms that, left unaddressed, may result in dangerous or life threatening complications in some people.
Myth: Home remedies like The Thomas Recipe make self-detoxification safe through prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Fact: Combining prescription and non-prescription medications can result in dangerous drug interactions.
Outpatient Detoxification Myths
Myth: Methadone causes bone rot.
Fact: Inadequate methadone doses cause withdrawal symptoms, especially a deep aching sensation in the bones. The patient should consult with the prescribing clinician to discuss a dosage increase.
Myth: Throwing drug addicts in prison saves money.
Fact: Incarceration is more expensive than treatment. One year of methadone costs an average of $4,700 per patient whereas 12 months of imprisonment costs about $24,000 per inmate.
Inpatient Detoxification Myths
Myth: Drug dependence is incurable.
Fact: Dependence on opioids is a chronic neurological condition. As with other chronic illnesses, a patient struggling with dependence should expect periods of recovery and relapse. Fortunately, relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those of other chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma.
Myth: Drug treatment wastes money.
Fact: Investing in drug treatment saves money. For every dollar community invests in drug treatment, they can expect a return of $4 to $7 in reduced drug-related crime rates, criminal justice costs and theft. Add in healthcare costs associated with dependence, and these savings rise to $12 gained for every dollar spent.
Rapid Detox Myths
Myth: Pain and shame are important aspects of detoxification, as they punish the patient for his anti-social behavior.
Fact: Opioid dependence is a medical condition that can happen when a patient takes Vicoprofen as directed by his physician - an opioid-dependent person is not necessarily a criminal deserving punishment. Furthermore, the uncomfortable and demoralizing withdrawal symptoms often prevent patients from completing Vicoprofen detoxification.
Rapid detox is the most humane approach to medical detoxification as it spares the patient from the discomfort and embarrassment associated with Vicoprofen withdrawal. Rapid detox patients enjoy a pleasant twilight sleep instead of enduring endless days of detoxification.
Myth: It takes weeks or months to complete Vicoprofen detoxification.
Fact: A reputable expert can perform rapid detox in one to two hours.
Pregnancy and Vicoprofen Detoxification
An opioid-dependent woman is at greater risk for developing or contracting certain medical disorders that can interfere with pregnancy, such as anemia and blood infections, heart disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases. These conditions increase the risk for complications for the mother and fetus, including hemorrhage, slowed fetal growth, spontaneous abortion, premature labor and delivery, and fetal death.
Methadone reduces these complications and is currently the only approved opioid treatment plan for pregnant women, although new research suggests buprenorphine may be an acceptable treatment in these cases.
Any baby born to a woman who uses opioids regularly during pregnancy may be born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. This condition causes withdrawal symptoms during the baby’s first weeks or months of life. NAS babies also suffer from low birth weight, seizures, breathing problems, feeding difficulties and death. Neonatal abstinence syndrome may occur with the use of any opioids during pregnancy, including Vicoprofen, methadone, or buprenorphine.
Self-Detoxification during Pregnancy
Self-detoxification may be unsafe for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. The mother should consult with a physician before attempting even tapering.
Inpatient Induction to Methadone Maintenance during Pregnancy
A physician is likely to suggest the pregnant woman begin methadone treatment in a hospital, where physicians can evaluate her response to treatment, and judge how well the baby tolerates methadone with fetal monitoring equipment. The physician will probably start the woman on an induction dose of 10 mg to 20 mg then increase dosages by an additional 5 - 10 mg of methadone based on her response. The maximum dose of methadone for a pregnant woman is 60 mg daily.
The woman can expect to remain in the hospital for about three days. Doctors will discharge her to outpatient care for the remainder of her pregnancy.
Outpatient Induction to Methadone Maintenance during Pregnancy
A woman may be unable to begin methadone maintenance at a hospital and may instead choose outpatient induction to methadone maintenance. This woman must come to the clinic twice a day at first, once to receive her daily dose and again later for evaluation. These twice-daily visits continue until the clinician establishes a safe and effective maintenance dose; the patient may then reduce visits to only once daily.
Some women experience breakthrough withdrawal symptoms late in pregnancy, requiring stronger doses of methadone. Outpatient clinicians will manage treatment for opioid dependence until the woman delivers her baby. She may then choose to remain on methadone maintenance or attempt methadone detoxification.
Babies born to women taking methadone during pregnancy will remain hospitalized and under close observation for signs of NAS for 72 hours after delivery.
What is the best method of Vicoprofen detoxification?
Vicoprofen dependence and detoxification is a highly person experience. Success depends greatly on the person’s individual needs through the detoxification process. One person might have only moderate withdrawal symptoms and can complete detoxification with very little assistance, for example, while severe withdrawal symptoms and complications require another to detoxify in a hospital.
The individual should assess the severity of his dependence, the likelihood of severe withdrawal symptoms and complications, and his own need for support. He should then choose the least restrictive form of treatment that is still likely to bring him to an opioid-free state in a safe and effective manner.