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What Is Lorcet?

What Is Lorcet?

Lorcet is a prescription medication that is designed to treat mild, moderate and severe forms of pain caused by a number of different conditions and injuries.

Because of the fact that Lorcet contains both Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone, it has been classified by the Food and Drug Administration as a narcotic pain reliever.


Lorcet is available in two different forms, one of which is a tablet form and the other which is a capsule form. As a controlled substance, there are specific regulations in place when it comes to prescribing this medication. It is typically either taken every four hours or every six hours depending on how it is needed for pain, but for chronic pain it may be taken on a schedule according to the wishes of your physician. There are some potential side effects that you are going to want to keep in mind when it comes to taking Lorcet, and these include:

  • Feelings of Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Hydrocodone is a type of synthetic narcotic pain reliever that is opioid in nature, and it behaves in a similar manner to codeine. It is capable at relieving coughing as well as decreasing pain, but the side effects that it causes, including clouding of the mind, can sometimes make this a tricky drug to continue taking over a period of time. Hydrocodone is never sold on its own, and so it is only available in a combination with some other type of medication, as is the case with Lorcet.

Lorcet Abuse

A lorcet addiction is caused following a long term intake of this medication, which is a combination of Hydrocodone and Tylenol. This analgesic opiate, which is primarily used for cough suppression and treatment for pain is a habit forming medication that is closely related in nature to morphine. It binds to the brain's pain receptors, which leads to a reduction in the sensation of pain.

The acetaminophen or Tylenol in Lorcet slows down or halts the production of prostaglandins responsible for causing pain. Because there is Hydrocodone in this medication, there is a great propensity for it to become addictive over time, and so many people that use it for any length of time experience an increase in physical dependency that may eventually lead to a misuse or outright abuse of the drug.

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