Skip to content

What Is Zohydro?

What Is Zohydro?


Soon a drug called Zohydro will enter the prescription drug market. It is a prescription painkiller manufactured by Zogenix, a specialty pharmaceutical company. This new painkiller is made up purely of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller currently used in drugs such as Vicodin, Lortab and Lorcet. This new drug will be used medically to treat chronic pain, or pain that cannot be managed by other therapies. Des Moines residents should be wary of this powerful drug, as it could easily lead to abuse, addiction, overdose and death.

Zohydro Effects

Aside from its intended pain relief, Zohydro has many potential effects; some of these effects may be uncomfortable, while others may be dangerous. The less threatening side effects of Zohydro include the following issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation

Serious side effects of Zohydro may include the following problems:

  • Overdose
  • Respiratory depression
  • Irregular heart rate and rhythm
  • Allergic reaction
  • Urinary retention

Many of these effects can be life-threatening. For instance, Des Moines residents may experience respiratory depression that can progress to respiratory arrest and death.

Zohydro Addiction Effects

Addiction is a great concern of hydrocodone abuse, which means someone uses the drug in doses that are more frequent or higher than prescribed. When Des Moines residents abuse this drug, it causes tolerance and dependence, so they must increase their dosage to achieve the same effects. Also, when they stop taking the drug, hydrocodone addicts may experience any of the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness and difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Bone and joint pain

These withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable, and some of them may even last months into recovery.

FDA Approval and Controversy

Because Zohydro is pure hydrocodone, there is great controversy surrounding its introduction to the market. When taken correctly, this drug works through an extended release mechanism, which allows the body to use small amounts at a time. However, drug abusers can easily break the capsule and snort or inject it for a strong high. The dose of hydrocodone in Zohydro pills is nearly ten times that in Vicodin, so injecting or snorting this drug poses great concern of overdose and addiction.

Despite these concerns, the FDA approved the drug for medical use. Zogenix has met specific standards of safety and efficacy required by the FDA, and it must study the concerns of misuse, abuse, addiction and overdose once it is in the drug market, but the drug is still going to become widely available.

Many states and organizations are fighting to keep this new drug off the market. Tom Miller, the Iowa Attorney General, is one of many who has stated concerns regarding the risks of Zohydro. It may not be until this drug hurts people that medical professional decide whether to keep it around, so Des Moines residents should be aware that such a powerful substance is coming to the market quite soon.

Help for Des Moines Painkiller Addicts

Painkiller abuse and addiction can destroy the body, so, if you or a Des Moines loved one is addicted to prescription painkillers, then please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about treatment for painkiller addiction, so they can help you get and stay clean.