This is a strong pain reliever which addictive known brands include Hydrocodone, Norco, Vicodin, and Lortab.
Used to treat minor cases of pain, pain relievers contain Hydrocodone. It is usually administered orally to deal with short-term dental as well as injury-related pain.
Those who use it for a prolonged duration or higher doses may develop a Hydrocodone addiction. 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.
Hydrocodone is considered an "opioid", or a semi-synthetic opiate. It is the same as Morphine, Codeine and Oxycodone.
It functions in the central nervous system by influencing the part of the brain that is responsible for pain. This has an effect of weakening the pain signal in the brain to result in feelings of elation.
How People Use Hydrocodone
Usually used together with Acetaminophen, active component of Tylenol or ibuprofen in brands such as Norco, Vicodin or Lortab. A pure Hydrocodone product known as Zohydro is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
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 versions of Hydrocodone in the market in the U.S.A. Those who are addicted to Hydrocodone likely have a specific brand they prefer.
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. Having addiction to Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco as well as Lortab could get out of control pretty quickly.
Vicodin Is Sold As 5Mg 75Mg 10G 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. 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. 500 to 750 mg of Acetaminophen was included in the previous formulations.
About 131 million Americans we unnecessarily prescribed Vicodin in 2011.
7Mg 10Mg 325Mg Are The Strengths Of Norco
This drug is usually prescribed in two strengths, either 7.5mg or 10mg of Hydrocodone which is then combine with 325mg of Acetaminophen.
Before the 2011 FDA regulation for minimal Acetaminophen, Norco had the least amount of it. Most of the addicts back then preferred Norco due to its low level of Acetaminophen. 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
A prescription drug that combines Hydrocodone with Acetaminophen is Lortab. Its efficiency as a painkiller is enhanced with Acetaminophen.
Lortab may also be abused by those who have a legitimate prescription if they start taking more than recommended. Addiction becomes possible each time a user exceeds the dosage that is good for him.
The highest number of non-medical users of Lortab predominate in the 18-25 year old age group.
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. Use of Zohydro is carefully administered and regulated because Hydrocodone can be addictive.
There was some backlash over its abuse potential when Zohydro was approved. Due to the absence of Acetaminophen many abusers preferred it to significantly reduce on the risk of liver damage.
The Effects And Abuse Of Hydrocodone
It can be difficult to recognize Hydrocodone abuse. Some who is exceeding the doctor's recommendations in legitimate Hydrocodone prescription is abusing 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.
Notable immediate effects of Hydrocodone abuse are:
These effects can be created more quickly by the high doses of Hydrocodone. But, this could also lead to a fatal overdose.
Loss of concentration, excessive sleeping, and uncertainty are some of side effects of abusing the drug. 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. Regular use of this drug leads to a reprogramming of the brain for an addiction besides causing physical dependence to this drug.
They need to prevent withdrawal symptoms such as muscle aches and nausea once someone is physically dependent on Hydrocodone.
People addicted to Hydrocodone need higher doses to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay as their tolerance builds.
From mild to severe, addiction is diagnosed on a spectrum. One who takes the drug at the expense of anything else or using beyond the recommended dosage is dependent on it.
Hydrocodone And More Drugs
The likelihood of negative effects or overdose can be increased with abusing Hydrocodone alongside other drugs. Due to the negative effect of alcohol and Hydrocodone on the nervous central system, using them together can be fatal. 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. 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.
Statistics Of Hydrocodone Abuse
Data indicates that opioid of which Hydrocodone is a part of, are the 4th most abused causes of addiction in the US, about 1.8M are addicts.
Hydrocodone Addiction Treatments
This is a highly addictive drug. Breaking this addiction gets easier with the help of a medical detox and a professional treatment program.