Hydrocodone is a strong painkiller with a high potential for abuse and addiction, also known as Norco, Vicodin, and Lortab.
It is a potent and key component of narcotic painkillers for treatment moderate to severe pain. It is used to treat short-term dental and injury-related pain and often administered orally.
People may start showing symptoms of Hydrocodone addiction, for those who use Hydrocodone over a long period of time or in larger doses. We can help you or your loved ones get a grip over your life if you give us the opportunity to do so contact us on 0800 772 3971.
Hydrocodone is taken to be an "opioid" or a semi-synthetic opiate. It is the same as Morphine, Codeine and Oxycodone.
In the central nervous system, Hydrocodone relieves pain by binding pain receptors (opioid receptors). The user will be euphoric as his or her sense of pain is dulled by the drug.
Using Hydrocodone But How
Hydrocodone is combined with ibuprofen in brand names such as Vicodin, Norco and Lortab or Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol). A pure Hydrocodone product known as Zohydro is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Those who abuse it may crush up the pills and snort or inject the contents.
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In 2014, lawmakers acknowledge the possibility and deleterious effects of abuse and addiction to the combination products of Hydrocodone; Vicodin and effected a change in the group of this drug from being a Schedule III to be a Schedule II controlled substance.
The US is saturated with different forms of the drug. Those who are addicted to Hydrocodone likely have a specific brand they prefer.
This could be hinged on a numerous reasons which could either be psychological or practical.
New users can easily become addicted to this pure material whether by medical or recreational use. Control can be spiral out quickly with addictions to Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab.
Vicodin Is Available In 5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 300Mg
5mg, 7.5mg, and 10mg are the various types of Vicodin which contains 300 mg of Acetaminophen. Abusers of the drug usually take more than the recommended dosage of 4 to 6 tablets per day.
Vicodin used to have a huge proportion of Acetaminophen in the pills, but the 2011 FDA regulation mandated all the prescription painkillers to cut down on their Acetaminophen content. Large doses of Acetaminophen have been proven to result in liver damage. The traditional forms had about 500 and 700 mg of Acetaminophen.
Vicodin was incorrectly prescribed to more than 131 million Americans in 2011.
Norco Can Be Found As 7Mg 10Mg 325Mg
This is usually available in two strengths; a 7.5mg or 10mg of Hydrocodone which is coupled with 325mg of Acetaminophen.
Norco had the least amount of Acetaminophen, prior to the FDA requiring lower levels of Acetaminophen in Hydrocodone medications. In an effort to avoid the increased risks of consuming too much Acetaminophen some addicts choose Norco. At the present time, this brand has the highest amount of Acetaminophen that is approved.
For the first time, almost 2 million people tried opioids like Norco recreationally in 2012.
Lortab Is Available In 5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 325Mg
Another prescription drug is Lortab that is the combination of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. Its efficiency as a painkiller is enhanced with Acetaminophen.
By taking more than recommended dose, those with a legitimate prescription may be abusing Lortab. There is an increase in the risk of dependency by taking more than the prescribed dose of Lortab.
The highest percentage of non-medical Lortab use are 18-25 year olds.
10Mg 15Mg 20Mg 30Mg 40Mg 50Mg Are Strengths Of Zohydro
Zohydro is only prescribed for severe pain and is the first purely Hydrocodone product approved by the FDA. Use of Zohydro is carefully administered and regulated because Hydrocodone can be addictive.
There was some backlash over the abuse potential of Zohydro when it was approved. Due to the absence of Acetaminophen many abusers preferred it to significantly reduce on the risk of liver damage.
Hydrocodone Abuse And Effects
It can be tough to identify the addiction to Hydrocodone. An individual who has a legit prescription but chooses to use the drug contrary to the doctor's recommendation, will be considered to have abused it.
Abuse could entail taking more than recommended number of pills, using it past the time of its indication, or consuming the drug in a way that it is not medically indicated, for instance snorting or injecting the drug. The 'high' that it causes is a key reason why many people abuse this drug.
Notable immediate effects of Hydrocodone abuse are:
These effects can be created more quickly by the high doses of Hydrocodone. However, they can also lead to overdose.
A Hydrocodone overdose could make one to be drowsy, confused or even nauseated. The most feared complication of an overdose is reduced or stopping of breathing.
Addiction To Hydrocodone
Brain reward system that based upon pain receptors and the brain's limbic system severely interferes. Continual Hydrocodone abuse causes a physical dependence on the substance and reprograms the brain for addiction.
After one becomes physically dependent on Hydrocodone, there's a need to avoid withdrawal symptoms which include nausea and muscle aches.
People addicted to Hydrocodone need higher doses to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay as their tolerance builds.
Addiction is usually diagnosed based on a spectrum that ranges from mild to severe. Signs indicating an addiction to Hydrocodone could be consuming more than required dose and putting the drug first before key work or personal responsibilities.
Other Drugs And Hydrocodone
The likelihood of negative effects or overdose can be increased with abusing Hydrocodone alongside other drugs. The mixture of alcohol and Hydrocodone can especially be dangerous, as the central nervous system is depressed severely by both of these substances. In other scenarios a combination of these two could result in respiratory failure.
The pain relieving priorities of Hydrocodone are quite similar to those of Heroin, a relatively affordable and more accessible option. When prescribed, people turn to heroin as a substitute for those who have developed a dependence on Hydrocodone.
Hydrocodone Misuse And Statistics
Data indicates that opioid of which Hydrocodone is a part of, are the 4th most abused causes of addiction in the US, about 1.8M are addicts.
Hydrocodone Addiction Treatments
This drug is profoundly addictive. Breaking this addiction gets easier with the help of a medical detox and a professional treatment program.