Hydrocodone Derived From Codeine Used as a Pain Reliever and Cough Suppressant
Hydrocodone is used in 2 ways, as a narcotic pain reliever and as an antitussive (cough suppressant) which is found in cough medicines. Hydrocodone is formulated from 2 natural opiates, Thebaine and Codeine.
Thebaine is an element found in opium which has been classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. This substance is quite similar to codeine and morphine. Thebaine can be found in many substances, these include:
Codeine is used to reduce and relieve mild to moderate pain and when combined with other medications it’s used as a cough suppressant.
In 2008, medications that contained hydrocodone were the most widely prescribed in the United States. There were over 136 million prescriptions for people containing this ingredient. There are hundreds of products on the market today that contain hydrocodone, some are brand name products and others are generic. Vicodin and Lortab are prescribed the most and many people have formed addictions to pain medications such as these.
This video explains how addicts abuse Hydrocodone and how Hydrocodone affects the brain.
Many people abuse hydrocodone and have formed addictions to this substance over the years. Most of the time hydrocodone tablets are found on the illegal drug market and abused by people of all ages. It doesn’t matter what age group, economic status, or ethnic group, hydrocodone abuse is encountered everywhere. Hydrocodone also comes in capsules and liquid form and can be found everywhere throughout the illegal drug market. Forms of hydrocodone that contain acetaminophen are found most often.
Why are Hydrocodone and Other Products Containing Acetaminophen Abused?
The reason people abuse hydrocodone is because of the effects they receive when using opioids. Taking large doses of hydrocodone pills or products containing this substance causes extreme sleepiness and problems with breathing. This is extremely dangerous and at times, led to a hydrocodone overdose. Quite often drug users mix hydrocodone with other drugs or alcohol to intensify the effects.
Vicodin is a prescription medication for treating pain that contains hydrocodone and is abused by thousands of people for the same reasons. When abusing these drugs over time, more and more is needed because the user becomes tolerant to the drug. It doesn’t take long for a person to become addicted to Vicodin and other hydrocodone products.
Not everyone forms hydrocodone addictions illegally. Thousands of people have been prescribed morphine, codeine and Vicodin because of medical related illnesses and over-time became dependent on them. To no fault of their own, their dosage needed to be increased and they became dependent on painkillers.
Drug abusers will go to great lengths to obtain hydrocodone and other prescription medicines containing this substance. Some of the ways they obtain their drugs is by going from doctor to doctor for multiple prescriptions, getting the drugs from friends, stealing them or buying them on the streets. In the past few years, the internet has become another way these illegal drugs get into the hands of those addicted to hydrocodone and medications that contain the substance. Illegal online pharmacies make it easy for someone looking for these illegal drugs.
Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Hydrocodone Addiction
- Heart palpitations
- Breathing difficulties
- Difficulty concentrating
- Craving for the drug is very intense
- Extreme anxiety
- Intense sweating
Overdose symptoms are extremely serious and the individual should seek medical attention immediately. The symptoms include:
- Severe drowsiness
- Spasms intestinally
- Skin is cold and clammy
- Severe slowing of the heartbeat
- Slowed breathing (many times severe)
- Cardiac arrest
Drug Addiction Treatment
It doesn’t matter how an individual became addicted to hydrocodone, Vicodin, Codeine or any other legal or illegal drug. There is treatment available in every state to help you recover from drug addiction. Drug Detox Centers, Drug Addiction Interventions, Drug Abuse Treatment Centers, Cognitive Therapy and Drug Abuse Counseling have locations in every state. Get the help you need today before it’s too late; call 1-800-559-9503 for a location near you.
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