Zydone addiction is on the rise in the United Sates. Presently, there are fewer people addicted to heroin than those who are addicted to prescription drugs. There are only 329,000 Americans addicted to heroin as compared to 1.9 million who are addicted to prescription drugs. People who develop an addiction to Zydone do so over a long period of time. A person who tries to discontinue using the drug after becoming addicted may experience painful and intense withdrawal symptoms which may make them decide to continue using the drug.
Zydone comes from the group of drugs whose primary ingredient is Hydrocodone. This component makes the drugs powerful in relieving pain but also highly addictive. Hydrocodone is the most abused prescription drug and is widely available. In 2010 alone, 139 million prescriptions were filled by pharmacists for drugs containing hydrocodone. Zydone's primary ingredients are Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate. The drug is mostly prescribed to people suffering from moderate or severe pain. It is very effective because of its strong pain blocking capabilities. It also gives one a feeling of euphoria. The hydrocodone component in Zydone directly impacts the central nervous system (CNS) so as to give pain relief and euphoria. It also acts on the smooth muscle groups like the ones found in the digestive tract. Since this component works primarily in the digestive tract and the central nervous system, withdrawal symptoms linked to Zydone detoxification usually affect the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system dramatically. Acetaminophen works in hindering the creation of chemicals that send pain messages to the brain. Acetaminophen and hydrocodone create a powerful pain relief drug when combined than when each drug is used separately.
Due to its addictive tendencies, hydrocodone is classified as a schedule II controlled substance by the U.S Drug enforcement agency (DEA). The DEA classifies controlled substances as per their relative potential for abuse. The schedule I drugs are those that have a high risk for abuse while schedule V are those that pose minimum threat. Since hydrocodone is a schedule II controlled substance, it can be targeted by many recreational users. To lower the risk for abuse, the drug is only available by prescription. The DEA requires hydrocodone to be combined with other analgesics so as to lower the risk for abuse. Endo manufacturers, the makers of Zydone, comply with this by combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Due to this, Zydone is categorized among schedule III controlled substances whose risk for abuse is moderate.
While Zydone's risk for abuse is lower as compared to that of pure hydrocodone, its risk for abuse is increased when it is consumed in high doses or for a long period of time. Zydone addiction also occurs when it is used to treat the wrong medical condition or when it is consumed in order to get high. Anyone can suffer from Zydone addiction. Addiction occurs when the drug is consumed for several weeks continuously although some people may show signs of addiction after using Zydone for only a few days.
Zydone addiction is considered a primary addiction and a chronic condition. A primary addiction is one that occurs on its own and not due to injury or illness. It is marked by cycles of remission and relapse. If someone addicted to Zydone doesn't get proper treatment, the addiction can progress and result in premature death or disability.
The human body usually responds to Zydone and other substances by regulating itself so as to sustain a safe chemical balance. However, with continued use; the body begins to depend on having a specific amount of Zydone in order to feel normal. If drug levels fall suddenly, the body battles to regain chemical stability. The addicted person feels this through psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms.
Taking Zydone for a prolonged period of time can enhance the body's tolerance to hydrocodone. When someone has high tolerance levels, they require more Zydone to create the intended euphoric or analgesic effect. Someone with low tolerance levels is more sensitive to Zydone's effects.
Doctors usually look for traits associated with addiction when looking for a diagnosis for Zydone addiction. Zydone addicts will crave the drug and look for ways to get the drug when their supply runs out. They are unable to abstain regularly from using Zydone even when they want to quit or cut down. They are also unable to see the consequences of their addiction, or are reluctant to ascribe their problems to drug use. Zydone addiction may cause a dysfunctional emotional response or behavioral control issues.