Hydrococet Addiction and Abuse
Hydrococet is the brand name version of the generic drug, hydrocodone. Hydrococet is a prescription drug used to relieve moderate to severe pain. An opiate narcotic, Hydrococet can is also prescribed to treat chronic pain and fevers. This drug works by blocking pain receptors in the central nervous system. Hydrococet addiction and abuse can develop quickly in patients taking the drug in higher doses or longer than the recommended duration of usage. Hydrococet addiction, including Hydrococet side effects and treatment, is discussed in further depth below.
Like other opioid narcotics, Hydrococet is scheduled by the DEA as a schedule 2 drug, meaning it has accepted medical uses and is legally sold and prescribed by doctors, but it also has potential for abuse. Similar to its schedule 2 opioid relatives, such as oxycodone, Hydrococet is incredibly addictive and extreme care must be taken when prescribed and administered. This class of drugs carries a high potential for patients developing addiction.
Common street names for Hydrococet
It is common to hear Hydrococet called by one or more of any of the street names of hydrocodone, the generic version of the drug. For many struggling with Hydrococet addiction, they may know the drug as any of these slang terms:
History of Hydrococet and Trends in Usage
The generic version of Hydrococet, hydrocodone, was first synthesized in Germany in the 1920s. It was created to be easier on the stomach than its parent drug, codeine and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on March 23, 1943. Hydrococet is often formulated with acetaminophen to achieve extremely effective levels of pain relief.
When taken at higher doses than prescribed, Hydrococet delivers a feeling of euphoria and pleasant numbing and/or tingling sensation to the user. Because of the euphoric high of Hydrococet, the drug is widely used recreationally – and illegally. When taken for prolonged periods of time, this drug is highly addictive and Hydrococet addiction and abuse brings with it unwanted side effects.
Hydrococet Side Effects
Hydrococet side effects are not only uncomfortable, they are often dangerous. Abusing Hydrococet can result in the following side effects:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Slowed heart rate
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in ears
The above Hydrococet side effects will generally wane as the dose wears off. If taken as intended and during a limited period of time, these side effects do not pose a great threat. When Hydrococet addiction develops and use is prolonged, these side effects can become more dangerous and lead to:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Bowel obstruction
- Breathing issues
- Severe allergic reaction
As with any form of substance addiction, Hydrococet addiction can lead to additional problems in the user’s personal relationships, in their jobs, and with their overall health and mental state. Hydrococet addiction and abuse can develop extremely quickly, and measures to avoid this and its accompanying side effects should be exercised at all times while using this drug.
Signs of Hydrococet Addiction and Abuse
Some of the Hydrococet side effects are to be expected with use as directed by a doctor. There are additional signs of Hydrococet addiction that will present themselves over time. Normal side effects should abate after use of the drug, but the following signs of Hydrococet addiction should raise concern if you or a loved one is exhibiting them:
- Spending more or asking for money than usual
- Distancing oneself from loved ones
- More time being spent alone or with a new crowd
- Increased irritability and mood swings
- A look of confusion
- Inability to focus on any given task
- More time spent getting refills for the drug and exhibiting strong cravings
Those suffering from Hydrococet addiction and abuse will often visit more than one doctor to gain multiple prescriptions and refills. From taking Hydrococet over a prolonged period of time and in greater doses, the user will only continue to need more of the drug to achieve desired results, and to fend off withdrawal. Hydrococet addiction treatment may be necessary to get through withdrawal and off this drug.
Withdrawal symptoms of Hydrococet
Hydrococet addiction happens when a user takes the drug over a long period of time. Those who develop a physical or psychological dependence, can suffer from painful, sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms if stopping use of the drug suddenly. Similar to other prescription narcotics, Hydrococet withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches and headaches
- Anxiety, mood swings, and depression
- Runny nose
- Chills and goosebumps
Because these withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and the drug cravings so intense, it can be very difficult for those suffering from Hydrococet addiction and withdrawals to complete detox without treatment.
Treatment for Hydrococet Addiction and Abuse
Many treatment programs are available for recovery from Hydrococet addiction. Both outpatient and residential (inpatient) programs can help those with serious narcotics dependency recover from addiction. In both Hydrococet addiction treatment options, patients will benefit from counseling, group therapy and other program activities administered by professionals.
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