Hydrocodone is the powerful main ingredient in narcotic painkillers for moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is considered to be an opioid and is similar in nature to morphine, codeine, and Oxycodone. It is generally administered orally to treat short-term dental and injury-related pain.
People who use Hydrocodone over a long period of time or in larger doses may start showing symptoms of hydrocodone addiction.
How Hydrocodone Is Used
Hydrocodone is combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen in brand names such as Vicodin, Norco and Lortab. The Food and Drug Administration has also approved a pure Hydrocodone product known as Zohydro.
Those abusing Hydrocodone may crush up their pills and snort or inject the contents. In 2014, lawmakers changed Hydrocodone from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance because of the increased dangers of addiction and abuse. Request a call for more information on hydrocodone and addiction treatment.
Hydrocodone Brand Names
There are several brand of Hydrocodone marketed in the United States. Individuals with an addiction to Hydrocodone usually have a preferred brand because of the practical and psychological effects.
Vicodin (5mg, 7.5mg, 10mg/300mg)
Each Vicodin tablet has 300 mg of acetaminophen and comes in three different dosage levels of Hydrocodone: 5 mg, 7.5 mg and 10 mg. It is generally prescribed for one tablet taken every 4 to 6 hours.
Norco (7mg, 10mg/325mg)
Norco is most often prescribed in two strengths: 7.5 mg or 10 mg of Hydrocodone combined with 325 mg of acetaminophen. Some addicts chose Norco in an effort to avoid the increased risks of consuming too much acetaminophen.
Lortab (5mg, 7.5mg, 10mg/325mg)
Lortab is a prescription drug that combines Hydrocodone with acetaminophen. The addition of acetaminophen increases the pain relieving effects of the drug.
Zohydro (10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 50mg)
The first purely Hydrocodone product approved by the FDA, Zohydro is only prescribed for severe pain. Because Hydrocodone can be addictive, use of Zohydro is carefully monitored and regulated.
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Hydrocodone Effects and Abuse
Hydrocodone abuse can be hard to recognize. Many people abuse Hydrocodone products for the high that comes from them.
Some of the immediate effects of Hydrocodone abuse include:
- Decreased anxiety
High doses of Hydrocodone can create these effects more quickly. However, they can also lead to overdose. Drowsiness, confusion, nausea, and depressed breathing can be caused by a Hydrocodone overdose.
Addiction to Hydrocodone
Treating a Hydrocodone Addiction
Hydrocodone powerfully addictive. Medical detoxification and a professional treatment program makes it easier to break this addiction. If you or someone you care about is struggling to get out from under the pull of these drugs, let us help you break free.