How easy is it to develop an addiction to hydrocodone?
What are the brand names for hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid drug. Its potency is similar to oxycodone and OxyContin. While you may not be familiar with this prescription drug as hydrocodone, you may know it better by other names. Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Norco, and Zohydro ER are some of the names of analgesic pain pills that contain hydrocodone.
Vicodin vs Percocet: which popular dental prescription is more dangerous?
If you have been to the dentist as an adult, you may have been given one of these two prescriptions. Often, dentists will only give a small, one-time supply. While 12-15 pills may not be a lot, in some cases, it is just enough to cause serious problems. Vicodin is one of the biggest selling pain pills of all time. It is a combo of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Percocet is also a big seller, and it is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen.
Why would Vicodin be more abused than Percocet?
Both brand-name drugs are well-known brands for fast-acting opioids that are prescribed by dentists and surgeons after painful procedures. Vicodin comes out as the winner in historically being the more dangerous of the two because it has been prescribed on a larger scale than Percocet. This is likely because the two drugs are equally powerful with high abuse potential, yet, for many years, Vicodin was a less controlled drug than oxycodone/acetaminophen and was more easily accessible. This is no longer the case. Hydrocodone has been upgraded to a highly controlled CII rating, just like Percocet.
Lortab vs Norco: Which is more preferred when it comes to hydrocodone abuse?
This is a tough question. These two brands of hydrocodone are similar. They each contain additional acetaminophen. And, there is more hydrocodone in each pill compared to other brands. Both have a high potential for abuse. Narcotic abusers will look for the tablets with the most opioid and the least acetaminophen (Tylenol). This is because Tylenol can be damaging to the liver. There is even a technique to remove the Tylenol that is out there online called cold water extraction. The problem is that it doesn’t work very well and the drug user may still get serious side effects from taking high doses of the liver-toxic drug. In fact, in recent years, the FDA set limits of no more than 325mg of acetaminophen per dose in any medication. While Lortab is a popular target for drug abuse because it is well known, Norco is popular for the opposite reason. Some opiate users prefer to use a lesser-known brand in hopes that when they ask for it at the doctor or pharmacy, there will be less raised eyebrows and less chance of being rejected.
Hydrocodone vs Codeine. Hydrocodone addiction and cough syrup.
There are cough syrups that contain 5mg of hydrocodone in each teaspoon. Hycodan is one such brand. Tussionex is another. There are many opioid cough syrups that contain either hydrocodone or codeine. Which of the two is more likely to be abused? While hydrocodone is a more powerful opioid and may be more preferred by opioid abusers, codeine, when used in cough syrups, is less controlled. There was even a time that you could buy codeine cough syrups over-the-counter.
Dextromethorphan: Robitussin and Robo-Tripping.
While codeine cough syrups are no longer OTC, there is now an issue with cough syrups containing dextromethorphan (DXM) being abused. Dextromethorphan is not a controlled drug at all but has some properties of opioids and also dissociative anesthetics, such as PCP and ketamine. DXM is found in cough syrups such as Robitussin and others. These cough syrups are sold on the supermarket shelves, not at all under the watchful eye of a pharmacist. While hydrocodone is being more tightly controlled, other dangerous drugs of abuse fly under the radar as over-the-counter medications. Even Imodium has become a problem because it has opioid-like effects if taken in high dosages.
Hydrocodone addiction and addiction treatment.
What do you do if you become addicted to hydrocodone? The drug is a habit-forming opioid and hydrocodone addiction is possible. While prescribed use for pain can lead to addiction, hydrocodone abuse is more likely to cause problems. Addiction to an opioid means having cravings and obsessions over the drug. When you try to quit using it, you will likely suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Hydrocodone withdrawal is similar to withdrawal from other opioids, such as oxycodone. Withdrawal symptoms include muscle aches, chills, cramps, and nausea. Treatment options include medication-assisted treatment which can prevent withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.
Is hydrocodone overdose a concern with hydrocodone abuse?
Not only is respiratory depression due to overdose a concern, when it comes to meds such as Vicodin and Lorcet, liver failure is also a possibility, due to acetaminophen. Preventing overdose is of the utmost importance. This is why it is so critical to get treatment for hydrocodone addiction as soon as possible. Medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone, ZubSolv, Subutex or Sublocade is so effective, there is no need to suffer from an opioid addiction anymore. Soon after starting treatment, you will be able to put the hydrocodone addiction problem behind you and get back to living your life.