The medical realm has seen a litany of advancement throughout the years. One of such advancements has been the wide range of medications that can be helpful during various procedures. A good example of this is the array of painkillers that now exist for all levels of pain. Previously, we did not have near the amount of various medications that we now have. The numerous painkillers are helpful in that basically any level of pain can be mitigated, whether it be an injury or post-surgical. Some painkillers are designed to be for as needed pain management, meaning when the person is experiencing some sort of pain, they can be taken to help mitigate it. But, there are also some that are for around the clock pain management, meaning to help mitigate pain that is consistent and does not subside. One type used for this latter purpose is Zohydro, which is a name brand of the opioid hydrocodone.
Zohydro is an extended release pain medication, which means it will continue to provide pain relief for an extended period of time. This medication can be useful for those with severe and consistent pain, such as some cancer patients or other persistent pains.
Of course, as with any type of opioid medication, Zohydro can have the potential to be abused by people. It can begin with the development of a tolerance to the substance, meaning the person’s body becomes used to it and they have to take larger doses to experience the same effects. This can further progress into physical dependence and addiction as well. These types of adverse conditions can come about even if the person is taking regular doses. To avoid this, one should only take the medication as prescribed, and for only as long as they are prescribed it. In addition, they should only use it in the form directed. It generally comes in the form of an extended release capsule, and one should never crush, break or open this capsule to use it in some other way than simply swallowing it. It should also never be shared with anyone else and should be kept in a safe and secure location where children and other people cannot access it.
As an opiate, the effects of Zohydro can include:
- Pain Relief
- Reduced Tension
- Relaxed Feeling
There are a few other general effects that come along with use, but there are also numerous side effects, such as:
- Dry Mouth
- Hand or Foot Swelling
Severe Side Effects of Zohydro
More severe side effects can arise from Zohydro use as well. One should seek medical attention if they experience:
- Weak or Shallow Breathing
- Light-Headed Feeling
- Burning or Pain when Urinating
- Sexual Issues, such as Impotence
- Missed Periods
The above is not a complete list of side effects, and you should consult your doctor about the full range of them. There can also be much more severe adverse effects, especially in cases of abuse. Zohydro use can cause slowed or stopped breathing, overdose, and even death in some cases.
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