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.
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.
Behavioral signs of Tussionex addicts include
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