Is Hydrocodone Addictive?
Many people may question, "Is hydrocodone addictive?" Hydrocodone is a narcotic, opioid (morphine-like) medication that has significant abuse and addiction potential. Many people do find hydrocodone to be quite addicting.
Hydrocodone addiction is common for a few different reasons. Hydrocodone products are readily available -- this drug is the most frequently prescribed opiate in the United States. Additionally, hydrocodone products are usually fairly inexpensive. Also, these products are categorized with less stringent rules, compared to many other opiates (such as morphine or oxycodone); this means that prescriptions for hydrocodone products can be phoned or faxed to a pharmacy and may have refills, unlike many other opiates. It also means that healthcare providers are more likely to prescribe the medication.
If you suspect that you might have a problem with hydrocodone 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 or suggest other resources for you. In any case, do not stop taking the drug abruptly, as hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms could occur.
(Click Hydrocodone Addiction for more information on whether hydrocodone is addictive and for a list of common signs of addiction.)