Lorcet ® is a narcotic pain reliever used in patients who experience moderate to moderately severe pain. All in all, it combines two drugs, Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen and has similar properties to those of Codeine. Hydrocodone works by blocking the receptors in the brain that give rise to the sensation of pain. Above all Acetaminophen is a fever reducer. In essence it elevates the threshold for pain and the combination of the two helps achieve maximum results in pain relief.
Lorcet ® is the brand name for hydrocodone bitartrate, a semi-synthetic opioid derived from codeine and thebaine, both naturally occurring opiates. It also contains acetaminophen. It is an analgesic drug that treats pain and is an antitussive which suppresses chronic coughing. Use of the drug may become habit forming. In fact medical professionals agree that both mental and physical dependence may occur.
Organizations market the formula under other names such as Norco, Vicodin, Zydone, Maxidone, Lortab and Hydrocet. Lorcet is intended to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Hydrocodone is derived from the opium plant and can be addictive. Lorcet is considered a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. because of its potential to cause dependence and to be abused. Lorcet is an oral preparation that comes in tablet, capsule and liquid form. Hydrocodone is the narcotic component that attaches to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, blocking pain. Acetaminophen is a non-narcotic pain reliever that decreases the formation of prostaglandins and increases pain-relieving power.