Healthcare providers who prescribe or dispense hydrocodone often watch for certain signs of addiction, such as:
- Asking for brand-name hydrocodone products, such as Vicodin® or Lortab® (which usually have a higher "street" value).
- Going through a hydrocodone prescription too quickly (and needing refills before they are due).
- "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain numerous hydrocodone prescriptions or switching from one provider to another.
- Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation.
Friends and family can also keep an eye out for other signs of addiction, such as:
- Secluded behavior, often needing to spend large amounts of time alone
- Stealing, lying, or other dishonest behavior
- An unexplainable lack of money
- Changes in social circles, such as abandoning good friends and replacing them with new ones
- Unexplained changes in mood or behaviors.
If you suspect that you might have a problem with addiction, please seek help. An addiction to hydrocodone can be very dangerous, even life-threatening. Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help for hydrocodone abuse or addiction. He or she will be able to help you deal with such problems (hopefully in a nonjudgmental way) or may suggest other resources for you. In any case, do not stop taking the drug abruptly, as hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms could occur.