Hydrocodone is a commonly used opioid analgesic drug in the making of many prescription painkillers. Some famous brand names containing hydrocodone include Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco. These painkillers are often prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone belongs to the same opiate drug category as morphine and oxycodone and has a strong potential for abuse and addiction if used for the non-prescription purpose.
Because of hydrocodoneâ€™s extreme addictive qualities, most medical practitioners only prescribe it when there is a patient recovering from surgery or someone with an extremely painful injury. Hydrocodone abuse may occur when taken with a doctorâ€™s prescription and in amounts higher than the prescribed dosage. There is a great chance of it leading to abuse or dependency.
Some common signs and symptoms of hydrocodone abuse include nausea, anxiety, constipation, confusion, lack of focus, dizziness and depression. Long-term abuse of hydrocodone can cause serious physical and mental effects. These long term effects can range from muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, slowed heartbeat, increased drowsiness, sleepiness, loss of consciousness, coma and even death. If you or a loved one are addicted to this painkiller, please contact IntoTreatment today so begin your journey to recovery.