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.
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 in if you or someone close to you is having a hard time with an addiction to Hydrocodone to obtain the best help call us on 0800 772 3971.
An "opioid," or a semi-synthetic opiate is what Hydrocodone is considered to be. Drugs like Morphine, Codeine and Oxycodone are similar to it.
Hydrocodone binds to pain receptors (opioid receptors) in the central nervous system which helps in relieving the pain. This has an effect of weakening the pain signal in the brain to result in feelings of elation.
How Hydrocodone Is Used
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.
Abusers of the Hydrocodone may choose to crush the pills and snort or even inject their 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.
There exists a number of forms or versions of Hydrocodone sold in the U.S. There is specific brand for those with an addiction to Hydrocodone prefer.
This could be hinged on a numerous reasons which could either be psychological or practical.
It doesn't matter whether new users are using it for medical or recreational reasons they can also become addicted to it. Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco and Lortab addiction could get out of control pretty quickly.
Vicodin Can Be Found In 5 Mg 75Mg 10Mg 300Mg
Every Vicodin tablet usually has 300mg of Acetaminophen and they are available in various dosages of Hydrocodone - 5mg, 7.5mg as well as 10 mg. The usual prescription involves taking a tablet for every 4 to 6 hours, but addicts may consume larger doses.
In the past, before the 2011 FDA regulation that required a reduction in the amount of Acetaminophen, Vicodin had the highest amount of it. Acetaminophen has been known to cause liver damage when high doses are consumed. 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 Sold In 5 Mg 75Mg 10Mg 325Mg
7.5 mg or 10mg of Hydrocodone combined with 325 mg of Acetaminophen are the two strengths of Norco most often prescribed.
Norco had the least amount of Acetaminophen in it, prior to the required lower levels of Acetaminophen by FDA 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.
Over 2 million first users of the drug and other opioids were recorded in 2012.
Lortab Is Sold In 5 Mg 75Mg 10Mg 325Mg
Another prescription drug is Lortab that is the combination of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. Pain relieving effects of the drug are increased by the addition of Acetaminophen.
By taking more than recommended dose, those with a legitimate prescription may be abusing Lortab. Consuming an overdose potentiates the risk of dependence.
18-25-year-olds are the highest percentage of non-medical Lortab use.
Zohydro Is Sold 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 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.
Symptoms Of Hydrocodone Misuse
The abuse of Hydrocodone can be pretty subtle in nature. Reckless use of the drug covers using the overdose of the drug, even if it is used on doctor's order.
Abuse can be taking in a way other than how they were intended (such as snorting or injecting them) or taking more pills than prescribed, continuing to take them beyond their prescribed timeframe. The "high" that comes from the Hydrocodone products is the reason for which many people abuse them.
Some negative consequences of such reckless overuse 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. Depressed or stopped breathing is the most dangerous side effect of Hydrocodone.
Addiction To Hydrocodone
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.
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.
The diagnosis of an addiction ranges from mild to severe cases. One who takes the drug at the expense of anything else or using beyond the recommended dosage is dependent on it.
Other Drugs And Hydrocodone
The abuse of Hydrocodone together with the other drugs builds on the potential for negative effects or even an overdose. Due to the negative effect of alcohol and Hydrocodone on the nervous central system, using them together can be fatal. Breathing may become difficult when the drug is used together with alcoholic drinks.
The painkilling effects of this drug make it similar to heroin, an alternative that is cheaper and relatively accessible. Heroin is usually the next on the list of those who are addicted to Hydrocodone when they are using it under a doctor's supervision.
Hydrocodone Abuse Figures
The prescription opioids, of which Hydrocodone is a part, are the most frequent addiction in the US, responsible for about 1.8M addicts.
Treating Hydrocodone Addicts
The possibility of relying on this drug is very high. Medically supervised detoxification and medical treatment program deal best with this problem.