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Symtan addiction treatment centers help users overcome dependency on the medication. Symtan is a brand name combination drug that contains hydrocodone and pseudoephedrine as active ingredients. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid regularly prescribed for the treatment of moderate or severe pain and cough. Pseudoephedrine may be prescribed to assist with nasal or sinus symptoms or as a stimulant. The combination drug is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance in the United States under the Controlled Substances Act. This indicates that the drug:

  • Has a potential for abuse that is less than Schedule I or II medications
  • Has a currently accepted medical purpose in the United States
  • Causes low to moderate physical dependence when abused
  • Causes high psychological dependence when abused

projectknow-shutter32952331-hydrocodoneThe psychological dependencies created by overuse of Symtan are often related to the euphoric high experienced by abusers on the medication. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from the effects of addiction or dependencies related to Symtan, contact us at for help finding addiction treatment options in your area.


Detoxification in most facilities follows a pattern similar to that used for most opioid substances. The patient is prevented access to the drug for the duration of the detox and rehab process. Detox may take as little as 48 to 72 hours, but the total time required varies based on the quantity, frequency and duration of prior abuse. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals carefully monitor patients during this time to help prevent or eliminate the most dangerous adverse effects of opioid withdrawal syndrome. These effects include:

  • Strokes
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Damage from dehydration
  • Suicide attempts

Doctors may prescribe a less powerful opioid or alternate substance for use during this period if the patient shows signs of dangerous adverse effects. The use of opioid replacement therapy may trigger addictive responses in some patients. The overall goal of detoxification is to remove addictive substances from the body of the sufferer. Many Symtan addiction treatment centers limit or prevent access to the patient during this process. Family and friends are encouraged to assist in the rehabilitation process once detoxification is completed.

Some more common effects of opiate withdrawal syndrome include:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Restless-leg syndrome
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysphoria
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Depression


Rehabilitation processes are designed to help a patient overcome psychological dependencies and learn to live drug-free lifestyles. The rehabilitation process for Symtan typically requires long-term treatment and care. Patients are generally not confined to the center once detoxification has been completed, and they may receive rehabilitation assistance as outpatients. Instructional courses designed to assist former addicts with recovering from their abuse of the drug are often combined with one-on-one visits with counselors or psychiatrists to help combat the lingering psychological dependencies created by abuse of the drug.

The chance for relapse is high with all opioid medications, and most Symtan addiction treatment facilities will recommend weekly to monthly checkups after the initial detoxification and rehabilitation period. Group therapy may be beneficial for many sufferers as it allows them to learn from the experiences of other recovering addicts and develop a support group outside of their current friends and family. Call our support line at any time at for additional help or information on Symtan detox and rehab facilities or the effects of opiate withdrawal syndrome.

Additional Considerations

“The detoxification process typically requires at least two days away from work, relatives and other commitments, and the benefits of recovery certainly outweigh this time investment.”According to the National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 23.5 million people over the age of 11 required assistance with illicit drug or alcohol abuse problems in 2009. The same survey reports that only 2.6 million received it at a specialty facility. Not all facilities are equally equipped to deal with the detoxification and recovery processes required by most Symtan abusers. Those seeking assistance may have to travel to a nearby major city for treatment.

The detoxification process typically requires at least two days away from work, relatives and other commitments, and the benefits of recovery certainly outweigh this time investment. Many health insurance plans available through private organizations or state offices may help to offset the costs of the rehabilitation process. These companies are typically bound by non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements that protect patients seeking financial assistance for essential treatments. For more information on Symtan addiction treatment programs, the processes involved or the location of treatment centers and support groups near you, call .


Pseudoephedrine is not a federally controlled substance, but it is limited in many states due to its use in the manufacture of illicit drugs. The classification of Symtan is based on the combination classification for hydrocodone.

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