Tussionex Addiction and Abuse
Tussionex is the brand name for the combination of Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, also known as Hydrocodone Polistirex which is used to treat respiratory symptoms stemming from cough, cold, and allergies. Hydrocodone Polistirex is a semisynthetic narcotic that produces similar results to codeine. Chlorpheniramine is used as and was introduced as an antihistamine.
The name ‘Tussionex’ stems from the term antitussive, which is a trade name for cough medicine. Together, the Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex create a formidable anti-cough medicine. Tussionex is taken orally, with extended use capsules and extended use suspensions. Because Tussionex is composed of Hydrocodone, it is an opiate, and can be habit forming like all opiates. Tussionex addiction and abuse is not uncommon and is based on the codeine-like symptoms that arise from its use.
Common Street Names for Tussionex
Because Tussionex addiction is attributed to the acting opiate, Hydrocodone, a key sign of Tussionex Addiction is the search for any product feature Hydrocodone. As such, an abuser may search for it according to any of its common street names.
Street names of Hydrocodone are typically shortened according to their trade names.
- ‘Tabs’ which is short for Lortab
- ‘Hydro’ which is short for Hydrocodone
- ‘Vics’ which is short for Vicodin
Tussionex is a Scheduled II drug, on account of the opiate Hydrocodone. It is available by subscription only. Because tolerance is easily built against opiate, it is recommended that Tussionex be used only so long as it is prescribed by a physician. If use of the drug is performed beyond a physician’s orders then Tussionex abuse is typically the cause.
History and Trends in Tussionex Addiction and Abuse
Hydrocodone function is a centrally located anti-cough opiate. When mixed with the anti-histamine Chlorpheniramine Polistirex, Tussionex becomes a potent cough medicine, made to be taken no more than once every twelve hours. Tussionex addiction is infrequent, although not uncommon.
Because it is only available by prescription, an individual who is addicted to Tussionex may fake symptoms to warrant their physician’s continuing to prescribe it. Or, an addict may buy Tussionex illegally, turn to other forms of Hydrocodone, or even other opiates. Emergency related visits resulting from Hydrocodone use doubled between 2004 and 2011, topping 100,000 visits in 2011.
Side Effects of Tussionex
As with all narcotics, Tussionex depresses respiratory function as correlated with its dosage. This is a product of the drug acting on brain stem respiratory centers. It should not be used on patients with pulmonary illnesses without a doctor’s consent. While death is rare, is has been noted. Most common side effects are of the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, and respiratory center.
- Psychic dependence
- Mood changes
- Dryness of the pharynx
- Tightness of the chest
- Respiratory Depression
Signs of Tussionex Addiction and Abuse
Opiate addiction can manifest itself after only a few days of prescribed dose. However, short term addiction symptoms are not definitively apparent. Long term signs of Tussionex abuse can be evident. Signs of Tussionex addiction include:
- Changes in appetite
- Mood swings
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation
- Dry skin, itching, rashes
- Extreme change in social settings and environs, such as a new friend group.
When tolerance to an opiate like Tussionex forms, the user may find other drugs to take in tandem with Tussionex to increase its effects. This is can be thoroughly harmful, and sometimes deadly. Thus, signs of Tussionex addiction include the abuse of other drugs.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Tussionex
Tussionex abuse is frequently followed by withdrawal symptoms before treatment can begin. Many of these symptoms mirror the symptoms of abuse, and they can be more severe.
- Change in appetite
Typically it is an increase in the appetite for starchy and surgery foods. This must be monitored so that the addict does not simply replace the appetite for Tussionex with these poor food selections.
- Intense sweating
And in some serious cases:
- Delirium Tremens
Treatment for Tussionex Addiction and Abuse
There is no cure-all for opioid addiction, and Tussionex is no exception. A variety of treatment options should be used. Psychological understandings have given way to cognitive counseling, which, when used alongside medications such as Methadone, and others, can yield great success for anyone who is fighting Tussionex addiction.
Relapse is common, but not decisive. Twelve step programs have helped individuals keep from relapsing through solidarity in a social setting. Many, many people have proven that Tussionex addiction and abuse can be a thing of yesterday!
Call White Sands Tampa at 1-877-640-7820 if you or your loved one is exhibiting signs of Tussionex addiction.