A potent painkiller with a high chance abused and being dependent on is referred to by a multitude of names; Vicodin, Norco and Lortab, Hydrocodone.
Used to treat minor cases of pain, pain relievers contain Hydrocodone. It is used to treat short-term dental and injury-related pain and often administered orally.
Those who use it for a prolonged duration or higher doses may develop a Hydrocodone addiction. Contact use on 0800 772 3971 let us help you break free if you or someone you care about is struggling to get out from under the pull of these drugs.
It is not a fully synthesized pain reliever and thus, it is known as an "opioid". It has a similarity to the drugs like Codeine, Morphine, and Oxycodone.
It functions in the central nervous system by influencing the part of the brain that is responsible for pain. This produces feelings of elation and weakens the signal for pain in the brain.
The Use Of Hydrocodone
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 is also approved by the Food and Drug Administration known as Zohydro.
Those who abuse it may crush up the pills and snort or inject the contents.
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Lawmakers recognized the increasing dangers of abuse and addiction of Hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin and changed them from a Schedule III to Schedule II controlled substance in 2014.
The US is saturated with different forms of the drug. There is specific brand for those with an addiction to Hydrocodone prefer.
There are emotional and other factors behind that proliferation.
The unadulterated drug has the potential for abuse by those who the drug is recommended for and those who use it for personal enjoyment. Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco and Lortab addiction could get out of control pretty quickly.
Vicodin Is Available In 5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 300Mg
Each tablet usually contains 300mg of Acetaminophen and they are usually available in different dosages; 5mg, 7.5mg and 10mg. Though addicts may take much higher doses but generally one tablet is prescribed by the physician's taken every 4 to 6 hours.
A regulatory law in 2012 by the FDA led to the reduction of the amount of Acetaminophen in drugs, Vicodin inclusive. Large doses of Acetaminophen have been proven to result in liver damage. 500 to 750 mg of Acetaminophen are included in previous formulations.
In 2011, Vicodin was unnecessarily prescribed to over 131 million Americans.
Norco Is Provided In 7Mg 10Mg 325Mg
Norco is mostly prescribed in 2 strengths: either 7.5 mg or 10mg of Hydrocodone with a combination of 325 mg Acetaminophen.
Before the 2011 FDA regulation, Norco has the least amount of Acetaminophen. The fear of abusing Acetaminophen led many people to make Norco their choice. Currently, Norco is the form that has the highest amount of Acetaminophen.
Data indicates that in 2012, about 2M abusers used opioids such as Norco for recreational purposes as a first trial.
Lortab Strengths Available Are 5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 325Mg
This is also a preparation that is a combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Its efficiency as a painkiller is enhanced with Acetaminophen.
Even users who have a legit prescription may end up abusing Lortab by taking an overdose contrary to what is recommended. Addiction becomes possible each time a user exceeds the dosage that is good for him.
Most of those who abuse this form are between 18-25 years.
Zohydro Is Available In 10Mg 15Mg 20Mg 30Mg 40Mg 50Mg
This is the first Hydrocodone preparation which is purely made of Hydrocodone to be approved by the FDA and it is indicated for treating severe pain. Use of Zohydro is carefully administered and regulated because Hydrocodone can be addictive.
At the time of its approval, some were against this decision due to the risk of abuse. Addicted people could turn to this powerful painkiller to reduce the risk of liver damage because it has no Acetaminophen.
The Effects And Abuse Of Hydrocodone
It will be hard to tell the abuse of this drug. Some who is exceeding the doctor's recommendations in legitimate Hydrocodone prescription is abusing 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. Because of the "high" that comes from them, many people abuse Hydrocodone products.
Some negative consequences of such reckless overuse are:
These effects can be created more quickly with high doses of Hydrocodone. Overusing the drug can result from this.
Confusion, drowsiness, and nausea can be caused by overdosing the Hydrocodone. The most feared complication of an overdose is reduced or stopping of breathing.
Hydrocodone alters the pain receptors in the brain as well as the brain's limbic system, which is collectively referred to as the Reward system of the brain. Living on the drug and the ability to influence the functions of the brain are some of the negative consequences of using this drug which may promote overreliance on it.
The side effects of trying to quit this drug makes some people fall back on the drug again to relieve themselves of some painful health problems.
As their tolerance develops, people dependent on Hydrocodone require greater doses to keep withdrawal signs at bay.
There could be minor or serious dependence on the drug. One who takes the drug at the expense of anything else or using beyond the recommended dosage is dependent on it.
Hydrocodone And Other Drugs
The likelihood of negative effects or overdose can be increased by abusing Hydrocodone alongside other drugs. A combination of Hydrocodone with alcohol could be potentially disastrous, since both of them are respiratory depressants. Breathing may become difficult when the drug is used together with alcoholic drinks.
Heroin is not as expensive as Hydrocodone and can easily be obtained anywhere, qualities shared with Hydrocodone. Mostly those who end being dependent on Hydrocodone following its prescription will prefer heroin as a substitute after depletion of the former.
Hydrocodone Abuse Figures
The fourth most common addiction in the U.S. are the prescription opioid such as Hydrocodone, accounting for approximately 1.8 million addicts.
Treating Hydrocodone Addicts
This is a highly addictive drug. Breaking this addiction gets easier with the help of a medical detox and a professional treatment program.