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Classification: Narcotic

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: Schedule II

Other names for Anexsia

  • Hydrocodone/acetaminophen
  • Co-Gesic

Anexsia Addiction

Anexsia’s classification as Schedule II is specifically due to its high potential for abuse. It yields dependency development and addictive behavior. This is primarily due to its hydrocodone component. The drug is a combo opioid of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol), but the former part is well known for its correlations with substance use disorder. In general, users who suffer such a disorder with the drug do so because it manipulates the brain’s dopaminergic reward system with false triggers. As many of 29% of users end up abusing this drug while up to 12% develop an opioid use disorder.

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Intended Use of Anexsia

It’s an opioid prescription for moderate to severe pain. In 2011, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration put harsh restrictions on how much acetaminophen could be used in combo drugs. Thereafter, the drug was discontinued and is, thus, no longer manufactured. That said, the drug is still occasionally encountered, but it’s usually either a counterfeit tablet or an expired prescription. 

How Anexsia Is Taken

Anexsia is only ever administered orally as a tablet.

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Side Effects of

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Extreme dizziness
  • Excessive sedation that may lead to a coma and death

Signs of an
Addiction to Anexsia

Growing obsession with seeking and using Anexsia or similar opioids

Losing interest in hobbies and familiar activities

Underperforming at work or school

Disregard for social or professional backlash resulting from over-prioritizing use of Anexsia

Abuse Facts

Anexsia should never be taken with alcohol because alcohol and hydrocodone are both nervous system depressants. Together, they easily cause fatal overdose by suppressing brain activity too much.

Anexsia comes with pretty significant withdrawal symptoms, so experts recommend that those who have misused their prescription not quit "cold turkey." Some of the many withdrawal symptoms include muscle aches, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, insomnia, vomiting and perspiration.

The combo drug juxtaposes 5 mg of hydrocodone with 500 mg of Tylenol. Together, the FDA found excessive use of these two can yield liver injury. This is another reason not to take Anexsia with alcohol, which already deals damage to the liver.