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Zohydro is amongst the most powerful opioid analgesic and is prescribed as a pain killer. Similar to codeine in actions and structure, it is a semi-synthetic opioid. This is derived from Thebaine- an alkaloid. The active ingredient in Zohydro is hydrocodone – powerful narcotic that is known for its potential for being physically as well as psychologically habit-forming.

This drug is quite similar to Vicodin, whose active ingredient is also hydrocodone. However, the major difference between the two is that while Vicodin is a mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, non-addictive pain killer which is also known under the brand name Tylenol.   Zohydro is a pure form of hydrocodone, making users of this drug  it more susceptible to dependence and ultimately addiction to the drug.

Danger of Zohydro Dependency

Zohydro is 100% hydrocodone and it is a strong opioid, so this makes Zohydro potentially habit-forming. Zohydro is an opiate in nature and therefore, typically works by blocking the pain receptors in the brain and simultaneously providing the body and brain feelings of being high or euphoria. Zohydro can cause addiction even if it is used for a short duration. The main reason behind this is the fact that the effect of fentanyl lasts for a brief period of time. Zohydro is dangerous when taken non-medically and using it incorrectly can even cause death.

Side Effects of Zohydro Consumption

For medical purposes, Zohydro is available in solid round pills. These pills vary in their color according to their dosage sizes (30, 40, 80, etc….). Apart from its medical use, Zohydro is also a very popular drug that is abused for recreational purposes. Street peddlers sell this drug illegally under the street name NA. An abuser or addicted individual will administer this drug by chewing, injecting, crushing or sniffing. When used without proper instructions and recommendation from a doctor this medication can cause serious side effects that include:

  • Feeling of being high and euphoria
  • Numbness that is relatively analgesic
  • Extreme Dizziness and drowsiness
  • Sedation
  • Feeling of well-being and relaxation
  • Respiratory depression
  • Constipation
  • Cough suppression
  • Papillary Constriction

Apart from these general and short term side effects; Zohydro can cause severe long term side effects that include:

  • Respiratory arrest
  • Severe respiratory depression
  • Skeletal muscle flaccidity
  • In a serious case these side effects can also result in coma and then death.

Withdrawal from Zohydro

Apart from these side effects, a Zohydro addict can suffer from severe withdrawal symptoms that are extremely excruciating both physically and psychologically. These withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme mood attacks
  • Increased suicidal tendencies
  • Chills and muscle cramps
  • Severe abdominal pains
  • Palpitation
  • Extreme perspiring

If proper treatment is not taken during the withdrawal, it can result in seizures that can also result in a coma.

Zohydro Addiction Treatment

If you have a loved one who needs immediate help for the treatment of Zohydro abuse, than we can help you in choosing the best drug addiction recovery program for your needs. We are available 24/7 to take your call.

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