Various Signs of Tussionex Addiction

Tussionex is a prescription drug used in the treatment of cold and allergies. It is a combination drug containing two medications namely, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine. The Hydrocodone in Tussionex is an opioid that acts as a potent pain and anxiety reliever, whereas Chlorpheniramine acts as an antihistamine. The combination of the two medication in Tussionex makes it a very potent drug that is highly addictive than Hydrocodone itself. Tussionex produces a relaxing and euphoric effect when taken internally, and this effect makes people to get addicted to the medicine who have been taking it for medical uses and can also be tempting for any addict.

Tussionex is meant to be taken in doses as prescribed by the heath care provider and is generally intended to use for only a shorter period of time. Prolonged use of the medication can lead to tolerance and physical and psychological dependence to the drug. Tolerance develops when the body gets accustomed to Tussionex and the prescribed doses are no longer effective in treating the condition for which it was given. Escalating its use or increasing its dose can lead to physical dependency, and the most obvious signs include the onset of withdrawal symptoms when drug is stopped abruptly. Tussionex abuse can result in addiction which usually involves cycles of relapse and remission. With no proper treatment, Tussionex addiction can prove to be fatal.

Signs of Tussionex addiction:

Tussionex abuse usually develops high tolerance to the drug making them to increase the drug dosage or combine with other substances or drugs to enhance its euphoric or high feeling effects. Psychological dependence or addiction to Tussionex is a neurological problem that affects the way brain functions. This makes the person think, feel and behave in a different manner.

Drug seeking activity is the hallmark characteristic of Psychological dependence or addiction to Tussionex. It is a behavior in which the individual tries to get a constant supply of the medication to feed his/her cravings. As Tussionex is obtained only with a prescription, addicted people try to get the drug in other ways. They may pretend to lose their prescription and ask the Doctor to write a new one. They may also try to alter their prescription or present phony prescription to the pharmacies to get their new stock of Tussionex. Many people also engage in "doctor shopping", which is visiting various Doctors to get new prescription every time.

When an individual creates psychological dependence to Tussionex, the health care provider will look for certain bahavioral characteristics or signs to see whether the person is addicted to the drug.

  • a. Individuals addicted to Tussionex may take larger amount of the medication that that was prescribed by the physician.
  • b. The increased tolerance gained by using the drug makes Tussionex addicts to increase their dosage simply to get the desired effect they have experienced earlier.
  • c. Tussionex addicts may feel guilty for their act and try to cover it up from others
  • d. Withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, muscle aches, or night sweats may surface in Tussionex addicts when they try stopping the medication or miss a dose.
  • e. Tussionex addicts try to meet a number of doctors, in order to take more than the amount that is prescribed by the doctor everyday.

Behavioral signs of Tussionex addicts include

  • a. Inability to recognize significant problems with one's own behavior and their relationship with others.
  • b. Failure to follow responsibilities at home or work due to preoccupation with their drug use, or due to withdrawal symptoms or because they are "high".
  • c. They might try to distant themselves from friends or family members
  • d. When they are no longer able to borrow money, they steal from them.
  • e. Tussionex addicts have more limited cash flow, just because they try getting the medicine from street in unlawful ways or through by getting falsely prescriptions.

In addition to behavioral signs of addiction, physical signs of addiction can also be found in individuals, which when found requires immediate action. They include

  • a. Trouble urinating
  • b. Stomach pain
  • c. Nausea and vomiting
  • d. A sense of euphoria
  • e. Constricted pupils
  • f. Anxiety and agitation that is abnormal for an addict
  • g. High lethargy and drowsiness
  • h. Inability to concentrate
  • i. Feelings of lightheadedness or dizziness