What is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a narcotic opiate, having a morphine-like action in the body. Pure hydrocodone along is not normally sold as a prescription pain killer. Instead, small amounts ofhydrocodone are combined with other ingredients to create proprietary prescription pain killers such as Vicodin, Lortab, Dilaudid and Norco, as well as Anexsia, Dicodid, Hycodan, Hydromet, Hycomine, Lorcet, Novahistex, Hydroco, Tussionex, Vicoprofen, Xodol and others. Doing this classifies these prescription pain killers as a "Schedule III" substance, which has fewer restrictions for their distribution and use than the "Schedule II" classification of purehydrocodone.

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Signs of Hydrocodone Abuse

Signs of Hydrocodone overdose include dizziness, slower respiration, cool and damp skin, diminished muscular strength, confusion, smaller pupils, physical fatigue, nausea and diaphoresis, and in a few cases, coma. Ahydrocodone overdose can cause death.

Many medical experts believe dependence or addiction can happen between 1-4 weeks at higher doses of Hydrocodone, depending on an individuals tolerance to it. Reports in medical journals of high profile movie stars, TV personalities and professional athletes who are recovering from Hydrocodone addiction provide evidence of its harmful effects.

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Hydrocodone is related to codeine and it's related natually occuring opiate substances, and is nearly related to morphine in its effects. The first effect of Hydrocodone use is a sence of euphoria, and symptoms of addiction were first published in 1923. The first report of Hydrocodone addiction in the United States came in 1961.

All age groups have been effected, often negatively, by access othydrocodone, and the mistaken assumptions people have about it. Though sometimes seen as a "white-collar" addiction, Hydrocodone abuse has risin across a wide range of populations. Some data suggests that the most likely Hydrocodone abuser is a 20-40 yr old, white, female, who uses the drug because she is chemically dependent, or even attempting suicide. Hydrocodone-related deaths have been reported in just about every demogrphic group (age, race, location, income, etc.).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also warns breastfeeding mothers that Hydrocodone does pass into breast milk, which can harm nursing babies.

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