Hydrocodone & Its Effects On The Body

Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is the most widely prescribed painkiller in the US. Alarmingly though it has a high rate of abuse, can quickly be addictive, and is a major factor in the opioid crisis.

What Is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is an opioid prescribed for the management of short-term pain usually from injury or after surgery. It relieves pain by blocking opioid receptors in the brain, thus interfering with the signal for pain. Hydrocodone also produces feelings of elation because dopamine floods the brain

Hydrocodone Brand Names

Hydrocodone is combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen and is offered in several versions.

  • Vicodin
  • Norco
  • Lortab
  • Anexsia
  • Xodol
  • Zolvir
  • Lorcet
  • Panacet
  • Vicoprofen

Although the drug is offered by prescription from a physician, it’s sold illegally on the street and can be also referred to as vics, vikes, vicos, tabs, perks, 357s, nirco, hydros, watsons, or loris.

It’s prescribed in pill form and is to be taken orally. Those abusing may crush up the pill and snort or inject it.

Effects of Hydrocodone On The Body

Common side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

Because hydrocodone affects the reward centers of the brain, a “high” brings on a rush of euphoria. Some other quick effects may be:

  • Relaxation
  • Happiness
  • Calmness
  • Decreased Anxiety

Hydrocodone affects the part of the brain that regulates breathing, so it can cause respiratory problems such as tightness in the chest and slower breathing. High doses can lead to overdose. Mixing alcohol with hydrocodone is extremely dangerous and can quickly lead to respiratory failure.

Help Is Available

Anyone who is using hydrocodone outside of a doctor’s recommendation is abusing it. This behavior is dangerous. Opioid addiction can happen to anyone. If you are concerned that your life is being controlled by your need for this drug, please seek treatment. AMC offers medical-assisted treatment, which greatly reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Our addiction health care professionals and specialists are committed to your recovery. Get the help you need and deserve; call us today and take your life back!

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