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Short Term Effects of Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is an opiate analgesic that is used to treat pain associated with injury, illness, surgical procedure or similar circumstances. Also known by the brand names Vicodin and Lortab, hydrocodone produces a number of effects when it is taken either as prescribed or when abused. The short term effects of hydrocodone can be both pleasurable and dangerous at the same time—especially if an overdose amount of the drug is taken.

Dangerous Short Term Effects

According to Norris Cotton Cancer Center, patients should call their doctor immediately if they show any signs that they are bleeding internally as a result of taking hydrocodone. Such symptoms include:

hydrocodone effects

Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest are potentially dangerous short term effects.

  • blood in the stool
  • coughing up blood
  • black stool
  • tarry stool
  • vomiting dark, chunky substance that resembles coffee grounds

Additionally, there are some dangerous short term effects which should be closely monitored including:

  • irregular breathing
  • tightness of the chest
  • symptoms of allergic reaction such as itching or swelling of the face, mouth or throat

Less Serious Short Term Effects

According to Medline Plus, hydrocodone will produce a number of side effects that are not serious and which generally do not require follow up care with a doctor. These effects include:

  • mild nausea or vomiting
  • constipation (which doesn’t last for more than 48 hours)
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness or mild confusion
  • itching that is not accompanied by swelling
  • dry throat or dehydration
  • anxiety
  • euphoria
  • pain relief

If you notice any short term effects of hydrocodone that you are not expecting or if you suspect that an overdose amount of the drug has been taken, contact a local poison control administration or healthcare provider immediately. For patient safety, any symptoms that are not specifically noted above should be further discussed with a doctor.

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