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Hydrocodone Withdrawal: Help

Discussion in 'Withdrawal Symptoms' started by KMorgan, May 10, 2019.

  1. KMorgan

    KMorgan Member

    I really need advice. I took hydrocodone twice per day for 2 weeks starting Wednesday, April 24th, and my last dose was around 11pm on Monday, May 6th. I was fine all day and night Tuesday, and all day Wednesday. But at around 6pm on Wednesday evening, my body ached, my leg muscles became sore, I had chills, and I felt slightly anxious. I fell asleep easily, however. Then on Thursday morning I was back to normal again until around 12 in the afternoon. At that time my body felt heavy, I was slightly anxious, I couldn't get comfortable, I had a low appetite, and I was very unmotivated and down. So I went to the gym, showered, did some beauty routines, and got out of the house to visit my cousins. By then I was perfectly normal again. Now its 5am on Friday, and I'm feeling moderately anxious and sweaty. If this is withdrawal, why is it on and off? And what do I need to do to alleviate it? Although not severe, the symptoms are driving me crazy. I know dependency can happen fast, but should I really be experiencing this when I only took it for 2 weeks? It doesn't seem right. Any info? Thank you!
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener


    Hello and welcome. Thank you for reaching out. I'm sorry that you're struggling with this. I'm not an expert when it comes to the this topic, but from what I hear and read, withdrawal symptoms can linger on for a week to 10 days. But of course this will depend on the factors like the strength you were taking. I'm not sure why it would be on and off, but maybe somehow your brain associates certain times of the day with getting that hit of dopamine.

    You are right in saying that dependence can happen quickly, but I'm glad that you're done taking them and I do hope that you're back to normal very soon. Try some relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness.

    Let us know how you're doing today.
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  3. KMorgan

    KMorgan Member

    I am doing good. I unfortunately have dealt with a similar situation before while getting off of my antidepressants. I can handle the pains and flu-like symptoms, the only thing I can't stand is the anxiety involved. So far, although I haven't slept and have the sweats, I am not feeling anxious or anything. So I'm good today so far. Thank you so much for your info! I will research more about the dopamine. That could be the reason I felt so much better after working out. I appreciate it.
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  4. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @KMorgan glad you are feeling better. when we exercise, that boosts our endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine... (maybe more!)..... and this can decrease anxiety.

    thanks for letting us know!
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  5. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Stupidity Exists - Fact.

    Hi, josh here. Recovering opiate addict. Yes dependency can happen much faster than ten days. Try two or three for some people. That's not addiction, its physical dependency. And given that you were not abusing them I think if you were to look at when the symptoms hit the hardest is when you would take your dose. That's probably the reason for the intermittent withdrawals. They most likely are not untimely. Ill bet they are right on time. I'm about I don't know some years now off of alcohol (was a horrible alcoholic also) and everyday even tough I have no desire for alcohol or valium (forgot I was a bad be so addict as well) I get the shakes everyday around five or six. When for years I would get my "lit"on. Its very real. I believe you all the way because the same thing happens to me even though I've been sober for longer now than I've ever been in my life. I don't think this will persist in your case because it wasn't an ongoing thing for you. I'm 31 and used for 15 of those years. So id stick it out and avoid anything addictive or Jan but forming at all cost. Keep us updated. Good luck!
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  6. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Community Champion

    Hello and welcome! I'm a former opiate addict and everything Joshstillclean told you was true. This should pass soon for you. You are lucky it's not worse. Hang in there.
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  7. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Your experience is exactly why we have such an opiate crisis in the U.S., @KMorgan. Two weeks of taking hydrocodone twice a day and look what you're going through. Not everyone battles through the withdrawal symptoms. Many people choose to keep taking opiates instead. I'm proud of you for being strong. Your symptoms will go away pretty soon. Hang in there. And feel free to lean on us for support if you need to.

    Sending healing energy in your direction.
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  8. CholeBur

    CholeBur Member

    From your description you have hyperhidrosis, monitor yourself more closely, when you sweat and under what circumstances. It could probably be caused by medication, but I wouldn't advise you to turn a blind eye to the problem. My friend had it for quite time and was helped by Face Lift Toronto. As far as I understood from her experience, this condition is quite easy to correct and doesn`t require a long recovery period. Regarding hydrocodone - I don't suggest you take it now, ask your doctor for a safer alternative. Addiction in two weeks is quite realistic.