Anexsia, a drug combination made up of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a legal opiate narcotic medication prescribed by doctors to relieve moderate to severe pain. It functions by altering how the brain and nervous system react to pain. It can also function as an antitussive, because it decreases activity in the part of the brain that causes coughing.
Anexsia can be habit-forming and must be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. Taking a larger dose, or taking Anexsia more frequently or for a longer period of time than prescribed, will lead to physical dependence and addiction.
If you or someone you love is addicted to Anexsia, call 800 774 5796(Who Answers?) now, and let us connect you with the right substance abuse treatment provider for your unique needs.
Understanding Anexsia Abuse
Anexsia is a blend of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Although only available by prescription, Anexsia is sometimes taken recreationally, leading to addiction. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s fact sheet on the drug, “hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opioid in the United States and is associated with more drug abuse and diversion than any other licit or illicit opioid.”
The hydrocodone in Anexsia attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, blocking pain signals. Because opioid receptors are located in the brain’s reward center, this process can also cause the brain to release more dopamine, commonly known as the “feel-good” chemical.
Seeking to repeat this experience will lead to addiction, which the National Institute on Drug Abuse describes as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by inability to stop using a drug despite damaging consequences to a person’s life and health.”
Even when taken as directed, Anexsia can be addictive. The potential for addiction increases exponentially when the drug is abused. Higher than normal doses of Anexsia may produce feelings of euphoria and extreme relaxation but can lead to overdose.
Signs and Symptoms of Anexsia Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “as many as one in four patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggles with opioid addiction.” Opioids are popular drugs of abuse, and when taken at high doses, are extremely habit-forming.
Some signs and symptoms of Anexsia addiction may include:
- Needing to refill a prescription earlier than scheduled
- Changes in appearance or hygiene
- Changes in eating habits
- Mental clouding
- Isolation from family and friends
- Secretive behavior
- Nervousness and restlessness
- Changes in mood
- Lack of interest in activities the user previously enjoyed
Dangers of Anexsia Abuse
Sustained use of Anexsia will create a tolerance for the drug, forcing users to increase their dosage to experience the same effects. Taking large amounts of Anexsia will increase the number and severity of side effects, and cause the user to run a much greater risk of fatality.
The fact sheet on hydrocodone from the Drug Enforcement Agency explains that Anexsia can cause:
- urinary retention
- depressed respiration, especially in higher dosages
- long term use can lead to dependence and addiction
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- muscle and bone pain
Drinking alcohol with Anexsia or taking Anexsia in combination with other drugs will increase the likelihood of adverse effects, including coma and death.
Who Abuses Anexsia?
A person of any age, gender, financial status, or ethnicity can become addicted to Anexsia. Some people become dependent accidentally while taking it as a prescribed pain reliever.
According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, “regular use [of opioids]—even as prescribed by a doctor—can produce dependence, and when misused or abused, opioid pain relievers can lead to fatal overdose. The current epidemic of prescription opioid abuse has led to increased use of heroin, which presents similar dangers.”
Addicts may take Anexsia to combat feelings of anxiety, to self-medicate depression, to remedy insomnia, or to enjoy feelings of euphoria, but tolerance will require larger quantities of the drug to create the same experience. Increasing the dosage of Anexsia will increase the risk of withdrawal symptoms as well as serious mental and physical consequences.
Anyone, from any walk of life, can become addicted to Anexsia. When used appropriately, under a doctor’s instructions, the medicine can improve a patient’s quality of life during illness or recovery from surgery or injury. If untreated, chronic pain can have devastating effects on a person’s life, sometimes leading to depression and suicidal thoughts.
But overuse and abuse of Anexsia will lead to addiction, and devastating medical complications. Even using Anexsia as prescribed can sometimes lead to dependency and addiction.
Like most opioids, Anexsia induces euphoria, sedation and alters the perception of painful stimuli. These effects are extremely tempting for users. In addition, withdrawing from opioids is both physically and emotionally painful, which makes users unlikely to quit once a dependency develops.
Because this medication is prescribed by doctors, some users believe that Anexsia is harmless, and non-addictive. This is a dangerous conclusion that is inherently wrong. Anexsia is only safe when taken in a small, precise dosage, as determined by a medical doctor, to treat a specific medical concern. When you use Anexsia to self-medicate or get high, addiction occurs.
Am I Addicted to Anexsia?
If you fear that you are addicted to Anexsia, read and honestly answer the questions below:
- Do I abuse Anexsia every day?
- Do I abuse the drug in order to combat feelings of unhappiness, loneliness, depression, etc.?
- Have friends or family members mentioned more than once that they are worried about my drug use?
- Do I become hostile or angry when they do so?
- Do I ever experience side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, constipation, urinary retention, or feeling irritable or anxious, or withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, and vomiting?
- Do I feel like I can’t have fun, be normal, or complete everyday tasks without Anexsia?
- Am I secretive about my drug use, and/or do I lie about when I use or how much I take?
- Do I need more and more Anexsia each time I abuse the drug in order to feel its effects?
- Have I experienced any major problems in the last year, such as a breakup, job loss, car accident, family problems, financial problems, or getting arrested as a result of my drug use?
- Despite these problems, do I feel unable to stop using Anexsia on my own?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be addicted to Anexsia and in need of professional substance abuse treatment. Call 800 774 5796(Who Answers?) for a free treatment referral.
Anexsia Addiction Treatment
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. The NIDA explains that “repeated drug use changes the brain, including parts of the brain that enable you to exert self-control. These and other changes can be seen clearly in brain imaging studies of people with drug addictions.”
This is why addicts require professional help to break the cycle of addiction. The treatment specialists at a qualified drug and alcohol rehab are trained in how to manage substance abuse issues and lead addicts safely to recovery.
There are a wide variety of affordable treatment options available, but all of them begin with abstaining from drug use. For help deciding which program is best for you or a loved one, call 800 774 5796(Who Answers?).
Detoxification is the first step to any recovery plan. A person needs clarity of mind and a body free from addictive substances before they can be effectively treated.
Because withdrawing from Anexsia can be very unpleasant, detoxing in a rehab center under the care of medical professionals is ideal. A doctor will likely have you taper off of Anexsia gradually, to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Whatever the approach, having expert assistance will ensure that you detox safely, with as little discomfort as possible.
Whether addicts choose inpatient residential treatment, and/or outpatient treatment, all substance abuse recovery plans will include talk therapy.
Individual therapy allows patients to work intensively on issues specific only to them, while group therapy allows them to both support and experience support from other addicts who are struggling with similar challenges. Family therapy is fundamental tool that can help individuals encounter the best possible environment at home, to prevent relapse.
Other treatment options include:
- Treatment for co-occurring conditions: most addicts suffer from undiagnosed mental health issues that underlie and fuel their substance abuse. These co-occurring disorders must be addressed as a part of recovery.
- 12-step meetings: Meetings based on the 12-step program that originated with Alcoholics Anonymous are an invaluable resource to support long term sobriety.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: CBT teaches patients to retrain their brains with new methods of coping with stress and cravings, and avoiding trigger situations
- Nutrition, fitness and recreational therapy: a strong body is just as important as a strong mind when it comes to long-term recovery. The better a person feels, the more prepared they will be to handle life as it comes.
Although addiction to Anexsia can have terrible consequences for users and their loved ones, recovery is possible. Call 800 774 5796(Who Answers?) now to speak to one of our treatment advisors. We will direct you to the ideal form of substance abuse treatment for you.
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