Hydrocodone is a strong painkiller with a high potential for abuse and addiction, also known as Norco, Vicodin, and Lortab.
Hydrocodone is the strong main substance in narcotic painkillers for moderate to danger pain. It is used to treat short-term dental and injury-related pain and often administered orally.
Relying on the substance may develop as it is continuously used. 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.
Hydrocodone is taken to be an "opioid" or a semi-synthetic opiate. It has a similarity to the drugs like Codeine, Morphine, and Oxycodone.
Hydrocodone binds to pain receptors (opioid receptors) in the central nervous system which helps in relieving the pain. This produces feelings of elation and weakens the signal for pain in the brain.
How To Use 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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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.
Hydrocodone marketed in the United States comes in several versions. Most Hydrocodone addicts normally have their preferred brand.
There are emotional and other factors behind that proliferation.
New users can easily become addicted to this pure material whether by medical or recreational use. Addictions to Vicodin, Lortab, Hydrocodone and Norco can spiral out of control quickly.
Vicodin Can Be Found In 5 Mg 75Mg 10Mg 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.
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. Liver damage is caused by the high doses of Acetaminophen. Between 500 and 750 mg of Acetaminophen are in the drug before the regulation.
Vicodin was incorrectly prescribed to more than 131 million Americans 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.
The Acetaminophen content of Norco was the lowest before the regulation. 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.
Over 2 million first users of the drug and other opioids were recorded in 2012.
Lortab Is Available In 5Mg 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.
Those on a prescription may end up abusing it by consuming a larger dose than is advised. Consuming an overdose increase the potential for being dependent on it.
Most of those who abuse this form are between 18-25 years.
10Mg 15Mg 20Mg 30Mg 40Mg 50Mg Are Strengths Of Zohydro
Zohydro is a prescription drug for any serious case of pain, the first of its kind to be certified safe for use by FDA and contains nothing but Hydrocodone. 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 lessen the risk of liver damage because it has no Acetaminophen.
Hydrocodone Abuse And Effects
It will be hard to tell the abuse of this drug. Reckless use of the drug covers using the overdose of the drug, even if it is used on doctor's order.
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. A number of people abuse the various forms of Hydrocodone to get the high that is occasioned by it
Notable immediate effects of Hydrocodone abuse are:
Taking larger doses of Hydrocodone could fasten the occurrence of these symptoms. But, this could also lead to a fatal overdose.
A Hydrocodone overdose could make one to be drowsy, confused or even nauseated. Paused respiration and feeling of dejection are the major deadly consequences of using the drug.
Hydrocodone Addiction And Dependency
This drug alters the pain receptors in the brain as well as its limbic system, referred to collectively as the brain reward system. Regular abuse of this drug has the effect of reprogramming the brain leading to an addiction together with resulting in physical dependence to 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. Signs indicating an addiction to Hydrocodone could be consuming more than required dose and putting the drug first before key work or personal responsibilities.
Drugs And Hydrocodone
Dependence on the drug is possible and increased when it is used with another addictive substance. Due to the negative effect of alcohol and Hydrocodone on the nervous central system, using them together can be fatal. At times, this combination could end up in respiratory failure.
Hydrocodone painkilling properties is often cheaper and more accessible and it similar to heroin. 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 Misuse And Statistics
The fourth most common addiction in the U.S. are the prescription opioid such as Hydrocodone, accounting for approximately 1.8 million addicts.
Treating A Hydrocodone Dependency
This drug is profoundly addictive. Medically supervised detoxification and medical treatment program deal best with this problem.