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Zohydro Overdose Symptoms and Treatment

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Zohydro is a relatively new type of pain medication that will be on the market in 2013. The medication is a type of opiate, which is one of the strongest types of pain medication. According to the Huffington Post, Zohydro contains up to 10 times the amount of the pain-relieving substance hydrocodone as Oxycontin.
“Zohydro is one of the strongest types of pain medication.
As of 2012, the medication was still in the testing phase. Those who volunteered as test subjects or who had access to a trial version of the medication might suffer from a Zohydro overdose.

Side Effects of Zohydro

Even those who take Zohydro as directed might experience some side effects, including:

  • Constipation
  • Sleepiness
  • Anxious feelings
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Mood swings

If the symptoms become more severe, you might suffer Zohydro overdose symptoms.

Signs of a Zohydro Overdose

An individual can suffer from an overdose because they took too much of the medication. Even taking a few more pills than prescribed might result in an overdose. Some of the top symptoms or signs of an overdose on Zohydro include:

  • Changes to the pupils
  • Trouble breathing
  • Inability to control your breathing
  • Reduced heart rate
  • Blueish tinge to the skin
  • Clammy skin
  • Seizure
  • Sleepiness

According to Medline Plus, the first symptom of an overdose is sleepiness. You might find that you have trouble keeping your eyes open. In some patients, the overdose presents as unconsciousness. Someone in your family might pass out on the couch, and you cannot rouse that person. Medline Plus also states that breathing trouble is another of the common Zohydro overdose symptoms. Your breathing can become so shallow that you eventually stop breathing. Call us today and learn more about Zohydro detox and withdrawal treatment.

Charcoal Treatments

“An individual can suffer from an overdose because they took too much of the medication.”
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, a doctor might use charcoal to treat your overdose. Activated charcoal is a substance that absorbs toxins and other harmful items from your body. The doctor might mix the charcoal with a small amount of laxative, which turns the charcoal into a liquid substance that you can drink. The charcoal pulls any trace amounts of the Zohydro from your body, and the laxative helps push out the charcoal.

Other Medications

A doctor might recommend that a patient suffering from Zohydro overdose symptoms take a second medication. This medication treats the symptoms, especially breathing troubles. A medication such as naloxone helps regulate your breathing. Your doctor might look at your medical history and current health before giving you this medication. Naloxone has some certain side effects that are not pleasant. Your doctor will only recommend this detox treatment if you continue having breathing troubles.


AftercareTreatment for prescription drug misuse involves aftercare. After you first suffer an overdose, you might visit your regular doctor, or you might go to the local emergency room. The doctor on staff should recommend that you speak to a therapist. The hospital might even require that you meet with a therapist before you leave the hospital.

Even if you overdosed accidentally, you still need additional help. Zohydro overdose care will instruct you on healthy ways to take your medication. The treatment professionals will want to ensure that the patient does not suffer a second overdose.

If you or someone in your family has experienced Zohydro overdose symptoms, you might not know where to turn. One of your first steps is the step to your phone. Call to get help from trained professionals. You can quickly discover the different addiction treatment options for those who have had an overdose of Zohydro.


  • According to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, more than 2,000 kids under the age of 17 abuse prescription drugs every day, including opiates.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 470,000 people in the United States visited an emergency room in 2009 for prescription drug abuse and misuse.

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