It is a prescription drug used for treating stuffy or runny nose, cough, sneezing, cold and flu. Tussionex belongs to the narcotic group of drugs. Normally, it is used orally and must be taken as prescribed by the physician, because taking too much might lead to overdose. Tussionex is meant to be prescribed carefully as its regular use can lead to both psychological and physical dependence. As an opioid based drug, it presents side effects like sedation and euphoria. Most Tussionex users report a pleasant numbing feeling throughout their body, which is in fact one of the most common effects of opiates. One of the biggest reasons of this drug being abused is that people do not typically believe cough medicines are addictive. However, most medicines that contain opioid are habit-forming.
This medicine is basically a combination of chlorpheniramine polistirex and hydrocodone polistirex. The centrally-acting narcotic, Hydrocodone is used for cough suppression and pain relief. The chlorpheniramine acts as an antihistamine. On the other hand, Hydrocodone acts as the pain killer and anxiety reliever. The combination of these two powerful substances can be more forceful and compelling than the extremely addictive Hydrocodone itself. Its euphoric effects can be tempting most of the times to any addict and can easily result in dependence (physical and physiological).
The most common sign of Tussionex addiction is the emergence of withdrawal symptoms when the use is tapered or stopped abruptly. The most commonly witnessed Tussionex withdrawal symptoms include pins and needle sensation in the entire body, severe pain, sweating, restlessness, extreme anxiety, fever, sneezing, extreme drug craving and depression.
The presence of narcotics, such as hydrocodone makes this prescription medicine addictive. Hydrocodone acts in our body by attaching itself to a specific protein known as opioid receptor. When these substances (hydrocodone) get attached to the receptors in our brain, gastrointestinal tract and spinal cord, they alter the way our body feels pain. These substances are also capable of effecting parts of our brain that are responsible for controlling sensory perceptions like pleasure. This is what causes the feeling of euphoria.
It is pretty clear that Tussionex depresses our central nervous system. When taken in combination with other similar drugs, this depression can be magnified. This anti-anxiety medication is mostly taken by patients after prescription. However, there are individuals who abuse Tussionex in order to experience the sedation and euphoria. Many addicts choose to take this drug with other medicines in order to heighten the effects. Tussionex and other narcotic drugs carry a label that plainly outlines warning and usage. Using such drugs outside the line of these instructions is considered as abuse. Reportedly, most patients do not intend to become addicted. They develop a tolerance to medication that is legitimately-prescribed by their physician. Regular usage of Tussionex often results in increased tolerance to the drug.
There are some risky behaviors that are considered addictive. These include:
There are many Tussionex addicts who try to call in fake refills, or shop for different doctors in order to secure multiple supplies.
Detox is good option, provided that it is not practiced on your own. It is not recommended to go through detox without being supervised by a professional. Otherwise, the addict might experience numerous severe side effects, such as convulsions, high blood pressure, seizures and hallucinations. It can also prove to be a fatal situation. Therefore, it is advisable to go through detox under proper supervision. Sometimes physicians recommend using medicines like Suboxone. Suboxone contains naloxone and buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is an unique opioid drug that is used to curb an addict's cravings for other opioid based drugs. However, it does not give euphoric or high feeling. Nalaxone is used to block the effects of tussionex. Physicians usually craft a special medical plan for individuals according to their needs. It is better to stay away from withdrawal programs that involve anesthesia.