This is a strong pain reliever which addictive known brands include Hydrocodone, Norco, Vicodin, and Lortab.
For moderate to severe pain, Hydrocodone is the powerful main ingredient in narcotic painkillers. It is used to treat short-term dental and injury-related pain and often administered orally.
Those who take it for a prolonged period of time or in huge quantities may develop symptoms of Hydrocodone addiction. 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.
It is not a fully synthesized pain reliever and thus, it is known as an "opioid". 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.
The Use Of Hydrocodone
Norco, Vicodin and Lortab all contain ibuprofen while Tylenol contains Acetaminophen, and these drugs are used with hydrocodone. The FDA has also approved a pure form of the drug referred to as Zohydro.
Those who abuse it may crush up the pills and snort or inject the contents.
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In 2014, the increasing dangers of addiction and abuse of Hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin were recognized by the lawmakers. And it was changed to the Schedule ll controlled substance from a Schedule III.
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Hydrocodone And The Brand Names
Hydrocodone marketed in the United States comes in several versions. There is specific brand for those with an addiction to Hydrocodone prefer.
Reasons could be based on both practical and psychological.
It doesn't matter whether new users are using it for medical or recreational reasons they can also become addicted to it. Control can be spiral out quickly with addictions to Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab.
5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 300Mg Are The Strengths Of Vicodin
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.
Once a high amount of Acetaminophen was obtained by the Vicodin in its pills, but all the prescription painkillers were required to decrease their Acetaminophen content after an FDA change in 2011. 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 Is Available 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.
Norco had the least amount of Acetaminophen in it, prior to the required lower levels of Acetaminophen by FDA in Hydrocodone medications. The fear of abusing Acetaminophen led many people to make Norco their choice. The level of Acetaminophen in Norco is second-to-none to any other drug, although it is still within the safe range.
For the first time, almost 2 million people tried opioids like Norco recreationally in 2012.
Lortab Strengths Available Are 5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 325Mg
Another prescription drug is Lortab that is the combination of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. The inclusion of Acetaminophen enhances its pain relieving properties.
Using more than the prescribed dosage is possible for those who have medical reasons to use the drug. There is an increase in the risk of dependency by taking more than the prescribed dose of Lortab.
18-25-year-olds are the highest percentage of non-medical Lortab use.
Zohydro Is Available In 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.
There was some backlash over its abuse potential when Zohydro was approved. Due to the absence of Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone addicts usually preferred using it to cut down on the risk of liver damage.
Hydrocodone Misuse And The Effects
The abuse of Hydrocodone can be pretty subtle in nature. 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.
Taking more than prescribed pills is included in the abuse, continuing to take them beyond their prescribed timeframe or using them in a way other than how they were expected (such as snorting or injecting them). Because of the "high" that comes from them, many people abuse Hydrocodone products.
A couple of the immediate effects of the abuse of Hydrocodone
- Decreased apprehension
- Tranquillity of mind
These are the possible feelings that result from abusing Hydrocodone. But, this could also lead to a fatal overdose.
Confusion, drowsiness, and nausea can be caused by overdosing the Hydrocodone. Depressed or stopped breathing is the most severe side effect of Hydrocodone.
Addiction To Hydrocodone
Brain reward system that based upon pain receptors and the brain's limbic system severely interferes. Regular use of this drug leads to a reprogramming of the brain for an addiction besides causing physical dependence to this drug.
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 increases, those who are hooked to it will require larger doses to prevent the withdrawal symptoms.
From mild to severe, addiction is diagnosed on a spectrum. 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 abuse of Hydrocodone together with the other drugs increases the occurrence of the negative effects and could even end up in an overdose. It can be especially dangerous to mix Hydrocodone with alcohol as both substances are central nervous system depressants. Combined Hydrocodone and alcohol abuse can lead to respiratory failure in some cases.
The pain relieving priorities of Hydrocodone are quite similar to those of Heroin, a relatively affordable and more accessible option. 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
Almost 1.8 million Americans live on this drug with only three other drugs surpassing it.
Treating Hydrocodone Addicts
Hydrocodone is powerfully addictive. It easier to break this addiction with the help of medical detox and a professional treatment program.