Various brand names of this heavy duty painkiller includes Vicodin, Norco and Lortab, Hydrocodone which is a high risk drug as it is popularly abused resulting in addiction.
It is a key ingredient in many narcotic painkillers used to handle moderate to severe pain. It is often applied orally to treat short-term dental and injury-related pain.
Symptoms of Hydrocodone addiction may start appearing in the people who use Hydrocodone over an extended period of time or in greater doses. Let us help you if you or someone you care about is struggling to get out from under the pull of these drugs contact 0800 772 3971.
An "opioid," or a semi-synthetic opiate is what Hydrocodone is considered to be. It has a similarity to the drugs like Codeine, Morphine, and Oxycodone.
In the central nervous system, Hydrocodone relieves pain by binding pain receptors (opioid receptors). This has the effect of lowering the pain signal in the brain and it could cause a feeling of elation.
How To Use Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone is combined with ibuprofen in brand names such as Vicodin, Norco and Lortab or Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol). The FDA has also approved the use of a pure form of Hydrocodone, Zohydro.
Hydrocodone abusers usually choose between crushing the pills and then snorting it or alternatively injecting the drug.
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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.
There are several versions of Hydrocodone available in the market in the United States. Most Hydrocodone addicts normally have their preferred brand.
This is usually determined by a number of factors that could both be practical or psychological.
The unadulterated drug has the potential for abuse by those who the drug is recommended for and those who use it for personal enjoyment. Control can be spiral out quickly with addictions to Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab.
Vicodin Is Sold As 5Mg 75Mg 10G 300Mg
Each tablet usually contains 300mg of Acetaminophen and they are usually available in different dosages; 5mg, 7.5mg and 10mg. Abusers of the drug usually take more than the recommended dosage of 4 to 6 tablets per day.
An FDA change in 2011 required all prescription painkillers to reduce their Acetaminophen content, though Vicodin once had a high amount of Acetaminophen in its pills. Liver damage is caused by the high doses of Acetaminophen. The traditional forms had about 500 and 700 mg of Acetaminophen.
It is reported that about 131 million American were falsely prescribed Vicodin in 2011.
Norco Is Available In 7Mg 10Mg 325Mg
The recommended dosage for the drug is to use 325mg of Acetaminophen with 7.5mg or 10g of Hydrocodone.
Before the 2011 FDA regulation, Norco has the least amount of Acetaminophen. In order to avoid the increased risks of consuming too much Acetaminophen, some addicts choose the Norco. Currently, Norco is the form that has the highest amount of Acetaminophen.
Opioids like Norco were used by almost 2 million people in 2012 recreationally for the first time.
Lortab Is Provided In 5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 325Mg Doses
The combination of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone forms Lortab. The pain relieving effects of the drug is increased by the addition of Acetaminophen.
By taking more than recommended dose, those with a legitimate prescription may be abusing Lortab. The risk of addiction is increased significantly if the Lortab is taken more than the prescribed dose.
The highest percentage of non-medical Lortab use are 18-25 year olds.
Zohydro Can Be Found As 10Mg 15Mg 20Mg 30Mg 40Mg 50Mg
Zohydro is first purely Hydrocodone product approved by the FDA which is only prescribed for severe pain. Since Hydrocodone is highly addictive, Zohydro is usually cautiously monitored as well as regulated.
The possibility of people to become addicted to the drug was a source of concern for people when the government sanctioned its use. Addicted people could turn to this powerful painkiller to reduce the risk of liver damage because it has no Acetaminophen.
Symptoms Of Hydrocodone Misuse
It will be hard to tell the abuse of this drug. 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 either be in the form of consuming more pills than has been prescribed, carrying on the use of this drug beyond the recommended interval or using the inappropriate routes of administration such as snorting or injecting the drug. The craving for the effect of the drug lead to the overuse of Hydrocodone.
Immediate effects of Hydrocodone abuse includes:
These are the possible feelings that result from abusing Hydrocodone. But, an abuser could also end up taking an overdose.
Taking an overdose could result in drowsiness, nausea as well as confusion. The most ominous effect of Hydrocodone abuse is reduced or a stoppage in breathing.
Hydrocodone Addiction And Dependency
Brain reward system that based upon pain receptors and the brain's limbic system severely interferes. 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 they become tolerant to it, Hydrocodone addicts will need larger doses to avoid experiencing a withdrawal.
There could be minor or serious dependence on the drug. Prioritizing drug use over personal or professional responsibilities and taking more than intend are some of the signs of Hydrocodone addiction.
Hydrocodone With Other Drugs
The abuse of Hydrocodone together with the other drugs builds on the potential for negative effects or even an overdose. It can be especially dangerous to mix Hydrocodone with alcohol as both substances are central nervous system depressants. Breathing may become difficult when the drug is used together with alcoholic drinks.
Hydrocodone painkilling properties is often cheaper and more accessible and it similar to heroin. Mostly those who end being dependent on Hydrocodone following its prescription will prefer heroin as a substitute after depletion of the former.
Abuse Statistics Of Hydrocodone
Almost 1.8 million Americans live on this drug with only three other drugs surpassing it.
Hydrocodone Dependency Treatment
This is a highly addictive drug. You can put an end to your reliance on the drug if you make yourself available for assistance by physicians.