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.
It is a key ingredient in many narcotic painkillers used to handle moderate to severe pain. 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. 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.
Hydrocodone is taken to be an "opioid" or a semi-synthetic opiate. Quite akin to medications such as Codeine, Morphine 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.
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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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.
There exists a number of forms or versions of Hydrocodone sold in the U.S. There is a preference among Hydrocodone abusers.
There are emotional and other factors behind that proliferation.
New users can easily become addicted to this pure substance whether medical or recreational. Addictions to Vicodin, Lortab, Hydrocodone and Norco can spiral out of control quickly.
Vicodin Can Be Found In 5 Mg 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.
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. 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 is prescribed oftentimes unnecessarily to around 131 million Americans.
Norco Is Sold In 5 Mg 75Mg 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 for minimal Acetaminophen, Norco had the least amount of it. In order to avoid the increased risks of consuming too much Acetaminophen, some addicts choose the Norco. 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 Is Provided In 5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 325Mg Doses
Another prescription drug is Lortab that is the combination of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. The inclusion of Acetaminophen enhances its pain relieving properties.
Even users who have a legit prescription may end up abusing Lortab by taking an overdose contrary to what is recommended. Consuming an overdose increase the potential for being dependent on it.
People within the age bracket of 18 and 25 use this drug more than other people despite the fact that.
Zohydro Is Provided In 10Mg 15Mg 20Mg 30Mg 40Mg 50Mg
This is the initial pure form of Hydrocodone to be approved by the FDA, only recommended for the management of severe pain. Since Hydrocodone is highly addictive, its use is cautiously monitored as well as regulated.
At the time of its approval, some were against this decision due to the risk of abuse. Liver-related problems are prevented by using this drug that is a highly effective painkiller and Acetaminophen free.
Effects Of Hydrocodone Abuse
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 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 craving for the effect of the drug lead to the overuse of Hydrocodone.
The following immediate are included in the Hydrocodone abuse:
Tranquillity of mind
These effects can be created more quickly with high doses of Hydrocodone. But, this could also lead to a fatal overdose.
A Hydrocodone overdose could make one to be drowsy, confused or even nauseated. Depressed or stopped breathing is the most severe side effect of Hydrocodone.
Dependence To Hydrocodone
The part of the brain that is responsible for controlling people's feelings based on their achievements can be influenced by Hydrocodone. The brain is not only reprogrammed for addiction by the frequent Hydrocodone abuse but the physical addiction on the material also takes place.
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.
People addicted to Hydrocodone need higher doses to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay as their tolerance builds.
Addiction is inspected on a spectrum from mild to severe. Prioritizing drug use over personal or professional responsibilities and taking more than intend are some of the signs of Hydrocodone addiction.
Hydrocodone And More Drugs
The abuse of Hydrocodone together with the other drugs increases the occurrence of the negative effects and could even end up in an overdose. 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.
Hydrocodone painkilling properties is often cheaper and more accessible and it similar to heroin. In most cases those who become Hydrocodone dependent during a prescription, normally opt for heroin after a prescription.
Abuse Statistics Of Hydrocodone
Accounting for approximately 1.8 million addicts, prescription opioids such as Hydrocodone are the fourth most common addiction in the U.S.
Treating Hydrocodone Addicts
Hydrocodone powerfully addictive. Breaking this addiction gets easier with the help of a medical detox and a professional treatment program.