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.
Hydrocodone is the strong main substance in narcotic painkillers for moderate to danger pain. It is usually administered orally to deal with short-term dental as well as injury-related pain.
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An "opioid," or a semi-synthetic opiate is what Hydrocodone is considered to be. Quite akin to medications such as Codeine, Morphine and Oxycodone.
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.
Using the drug intravenously is common among people that are using the drug as it pleases them.
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Stricter regulation has been put on hydrocodone and other related drugs in 2014 because of its potential for overreliance by increasing their regulation from Schedule III to Schedule II.
The US is saturated with different forms of the drug. There is a preference among Hydrocodone abusers.
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. One may find it difficult to manage dependence on Vicodin, Lortab, Hydrocodone, and Lortab.
Vicodin Comes In 5Mg 75Mg 10Mg 300Mg
Each Vicodin tablet comes in three different dosage levels of Hydrocodone - 5 mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg and has 300 mg of Acetaminophen. The common prescription is the one of taking a tablet every 4 to 6 hours, but the addicts usually consume a larger dose.
Vicodin used to have a huge proportion of Acetaminophen in the pills, but the 2011 FDA regulation mandated all the prescription painkillers to cut down on their Acetaminophen content. Liver damage is caused by the high doses of Acetaminophen. 500 to 750 mg of Acetaminophen are included in previous formulations.
Vicodin was incorrectly prescribed to more than 131 million Americans in 2011.
Norco Can Be Found As 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.
The Acetaminophen content of Norco was the lowest before the regulation. In order to avoid the increased risks of consuming too much Acetaminophen, some addicts choose the Norco. It has the highest amount of Acetaminophen allowed for now.
Data indicates that in 2012, about 2M abusers used opioids such as Norco for recreational purposes as a first trial.
Lortab Is Sold In 5 Mg 75Mg 10Mg 325Mg
This is also a preparation that is a combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Its efficiency as a painkiller is enhanced with Acetaminophen.
Using more than the prescribed dosage is possible for those who have medical reasons to use the drug. Addiction becomes possible each time a user exceeds the dosage that is good for him.
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 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.
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.
Effects Of Hydrocodone Abuse
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). The 'high' that it causes is a key reason why many people abuse this drug.
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.
Taking an overdose could result in drowsiness, nausea as well as confusion. Depressed or stopped breathing is the most severe side effect of Hydrocodone.
This drug alters the pain receptors in the brain as well as its limbic system, referred to collectively as the brain reward system. 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.
The addicts need more than the safe amount of the drug to overcome the problems of stopping the use of the drug if they can't do without it.
Addiction is inspected on a spectrum from mild to severe. Some signs of Hydrocodone addiction are based upon taking more than intending to and prioritizing drug use over professional and personal responsibilities.
Other Drugs And Hydrocodone
The likelihood of negative effects or overdose can be increased with abusing Hydrocodone alongside other drugs. It can be especially dangerous to mix Hydrocodone with alcohol as both substances are central nervous system depressants. In other scenarios a combination of these two could result in respiratory failure.
Painkilling characteristics of Hydrocodone make it similar to heroin, which is often cheaper and more accessible. In most cases those who become Hydrocodone dependent during a prescription, normally opt for heroin after a prescription.
Hydrocodone Abuse And Statistics
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.
Treating A Hydrocodone Dependency
This drug is profoundly addictive. It easier to break this addiction with the help of medical detox and a professional treatment program.