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Anesthesia Assisted Hydrocodone Detoxification, Ohio

The medication hydrocodone is a synthetic opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. In some cases, it may also be used to treat coughing. Hydrocodone was first developed in 1920, when German scientists synthesized it from codeine. The drug works by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system, which relieves pain. Although it isn't as strong as related drugs, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone can be addictive when it isn't used properly. Hydrocodone is currently available under the brand names Polygesic, Anexsia, Maxidone, Norco, Vicodin, Loratab and Lorcet.

Because hydrocodone is prescribed by physicians so frequently, some patients develop a false sense of safety about the drug. They believe that, because medical professionals are using it to treat common conditions, it must be safe to take. However, when hydrocodone is used for too long or is taken without a prescription, patients can develop a dependency on the drug. Patients are also likely to build up a tolerance to hydrocodone, which means that the patient will need higher and higher doses of the drug to get the same effect. Eventually, the problem becomes so severe that even the highest doses of hydrocodone fail to produce the desired response, and the patient may even suffer an overdose.

Hydrocodone addiction is a serious problem, and it is often impossible to overcome on your own. If you or someone you care about is suffering from a dependency to hydrocodone or another drug, a detoxification program can help. Multiple detox options are available, but one of the best programs is Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification, or AAD. With AAD, the patient is placed under general anesthesia during the worst part of the detox. This allows the patient to complete as much as six days of normal detoxification in only six hours. To learn more about the AAD method, contact Mid Ohio Detox today or review the information found under the "Treatments" menu option on our website.