Hydrocodone Addiction Symptoms

Hydrocodone is an active ingredient in many different prescription pain medications and cough syrups. As a narcotic, opioid (morphine-like) medication, hydrocodone has significant abuse and addiction potential. Many people find hydrocodone to be quite addicting.
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 hydrocodone addiction. Symptoms may include:
  • 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.
(Click Hydrocodone Addiction to learn about other hydrocodone addiction symptoms, to find out why addiction with this drug is so common, and for information on where you can get help for addiction problems.)
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