Hydrocodone is an effective antitussive (anti-cough) agent, and as an opiate it is also an effective analgesic for mild to moderate pain control. 5 mg of Hydrocodone is equal to 30 mg of codeine when administered orally. Early comparisons concluded that hydrocodone and morphine were equipotent for pain control in humans. However, it is now considered that a dose of 15 mg (1/4 gr) of hydrocodone is equivalent to 10 mg (1/6 gr) of morphine. Hydrocodone is considered to be morphine-like in all respects.
Sales and production of this drug have increased significantly in recent years (a four-fold increase between 1990 and 2000), as have diversion and illicit use. Trade names include Anexsia®, Hycodan ®, Hycomine ®, Lorcet ®, Lortab ®, Tussionex®, Tylox®, Vicodin ®, and Vicoprofen ®, Norco ®, Zydone ®, Tramadol®, Lortab ®, and Lorcet ®. These are available as tablets, capsules, and/or syrups. Generally; this drug is abused by oral rather than intravenous administration. Currently, about 20 tons of hydrocodone products are used annually in the United States.
Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever most often used in conjunction with acetaminophen. This combination is marketed under several hundred generic and brand names including Vicodin, Lorcet and Lortab. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone when combined. The combination is used to treat moderate to severe pain and can be habit-forming, leading to dependence and addiction. This can happen quickly for those who take more of the medication than what is prescribed or in larger amounts. Users can build up a tolerance to hydrocodone, meaning the recommended prescribed dosage is no longer effective in treating the pain. An overdose of acetaminophen can cause liver damage so users are urged to check all medications they are taking to determine if they also contain the drug. Hydrocodone can also be used as an anti-tussive or cough suppressant.
Hydrocodone Misuse and Signs of Addiction
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, hydrocodone is the most widely prescribed opiate in the U.S. Nearly 130 million prescriptions for a hydrocodone combination were recorded in 2006. The agency said illegal diversion and abuse of hydrocodone has escalated in recent years. Prescription drug addiction is a skyrocketing problem around the world, due in large part to the availability of the drugs through both legal and illicit means. An addiction to hydrocodone products can be characterized by chronic and escalating use and strong drug cravings. Addiction can be both physical and psychological in nature. An obvious sign of physical addiction is the onset of withdrawal symptoms once use is cut back or stopped suddenly. These symptoms can include agitation, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, restlessness, diarrhea, vomiting, other flu-like symptoms and involuntary leg movements.
Waismann Method and Domus Retreat Offer Safe, Humane Hydrocodone Detox
A hydrocodone addiction should be treated in a medically-assisted facility to maximize safety and minimize painful withdrawal and other risks. The right detox program will address the physical and psychological aspects of hydrocodone addiction. The Waismann Method of rapid detox is a renowned rapid detox program that insists on treating patients with the utmost respect and sensitivity. The safe, humane treatment for hydrocodone detox can rid patients of their addiction within days. Performed in a hospital setting, the detox also helps to medically manage withdrawal symptoms without the use of other opiates. The safety and success ratings of the procedure are unparalleled. Patients experiencing opiate dependency or other prescription drug addiction can also take advantage of our Domus Retreat facility where the addiction can be explored further. Spa services are offered and individual treatment programs are available to our guests. Users should not attempt to detox from hydrocodone without medical intervention. Please don’t ever feel you are alone in your addiction. The Waismann Method is here for you.