Zohydro is a drug being prepared for release by the Zogenix Corporation. Many rehab centers and programs are preparing in advance for this release, as this nearly pure hydrocodone product will likely prove highly addictive if used incorrectly, meaning that Zohydro addiction treatment will be needed for abusers. The treatment that is most likely to be effective for those who may become addicted to the product is the one currently used to treat hydrocodone users.
“…removal from the patient’s system through detox is the proposed first step for handling these patients.”
Since Zohydro is an opioid, removal from the patient’s system through detox is the proposed first step for handling these patients. After that, a period spent in a traditional drug rehab program should follow, to give the patient the tools needed to remain drug-free after release. More information on Zohydro is available by calling .
According to the NY Daily News, the extended-release capsules of the proposed drug contain up to 10 times the amount of hydrocodone in the lowest dose Vicodin pill. It is this large amount of hydrocodone that has rehab facilities concerned about the potential for Zohydro addiction. While Zohydro addiction treatment will be able to handle the newer addicts, the US National Library of Medicine already suggests that recreational opioid users make up 9 percent of the population. For these users, extended use of Zohydro may quickly lead to an addiction requiring Zohydro detox followed by rehab.
An addiction to Zohydro will develop as it does with any hydrocodone product. First the user’s continued use of the drug will result in a tolerance developing in the user’s body. This means the same drug dose will have a weaker effect and the only way to get the previous effect is to raise the dosage amount.
Raising the dosage amount speeds up the process of the user becoming dependent on the drug. Drug dependency is when the user’s body becomes so used to having the drug within its system that removing the drug suddenly will cause a withdrawal response. This dependency will be hard to break without enrolling in a Zohydro addiction treatment program for help. Any higher dosage may also cause an overdose in the user. Before this occurs, the user can halt this cycle by stopping use of the drug. This may cause withdrawal, however, and the symptoms of this can be quite uncomfortable.
Withdrawal from a hydrocodone product like Zoyhydro will take a lot of time and effort on the user’s part without the support of an addiction treatment program. In a supervised program, the opioid hydrocodone can be slowly tapered off use without the user experiencing withdrawal symptoms. If a user cuts off use of the drug suddenly, without using a treatment program, then the withdrawal process will begin.
Withdrawal is the user’s body reacting to the loss of the drug after developing a dependency on it. For an opioid pain reliever like Zohydro, the process will generally begin within 30 hours after last taking the drug. Symptoms will occur in two major groups, with early symptoms being mild, but then becoming much more serious as the withdrawal reaches its peak. The early symptoms that someone withdrawing from Zohydro may experience are:
- Muscular aches
- Runny nose
- Increased yawning
- Watering eyes
After about 12 to 24 hours, if Zohydro addiction treatment is not sought, the more serious symptoms could appear, including:
- Stomach cramps
- Dilated pupils
- Goose bumps
While uncomfortable, the withdrawal process is not generally life-threatening. The worse of its effect can be avoided simply by going in for detox treatment.
Did You Know?
- Zohydro could be on the market and available for prescription use by early 2013.
- The withdrawal symptoms of opioid withdrawal have been described as similar to suffering from a severe flu.
- According to the DEA, only oxycodone is more abused recreationally than hydrocodone products among prescription medications.
- Zohydro will become the first pure extended-release hydrocodone product ever released without the addition of another analgesic, making it nearly pure hydrocodone.
Detox and Rehab
The first step of any addiction treatment program is to get the new patient into Zohydro detox. Detox is intended to clear all traces of the drug from the patient’s body to remove the physical addiction to the hydrocodone in Zohydro. The process used in most detox centers is the tapering-off method. During tapering, the patient is given a daily dose of a substitute opioid. This opioid quenches the body’s need to have the drug in its system, fooling it into believing that the patient is still receiving the high doses of hydrocodone it is used to while blocking its opioid receptors from receiving any other opioids into the system. Once a patient is on the substitute, even if he or she takes another dose of Zohydro it will have no effect.
The amount of the substitute opioid dosage given by the Zohydro addiction treatment facility will be reduced daily to allow the user’s body to slowly adjust to having a smaller amount of opioid in its system. Once the substitute amount is so small that stopping use won’t bring on a withdrawal response, the drug is stopped completely.
After detox, the patient can then begin the Zohydro rehab process. Rehab for Zohydro addicts should be no different from that used with other opioid addicts. Behavioral therapy will deal with the underlying issues behind the drug use while group therapy will provide the patient with support to continue the recovery process.