What is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever derived from opiates codeine or thebaine. It is produced under a number of brand names, including Vicodin, Hydrococet, Symtan, Anexsia, Biocodone, Damason-P and many more.
Hydrocodone, like other narcotics, binds itself to opioid receptors in the spinal cord and brain for pain relief. It is be stronger than codeine, but has only a tenth of the potency of morphine, in terms of its receptors (though it is shown to be higher in potency than morphine in analgesic properties).
Uses for Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone is used commonly in the treatment of chronic pain, as well as for cough suppression. It is available in capsule, tablet and syrup form. It is not sold in pure form in the United States, but is often mixed with other medications, for example hydrocodone with acetaminophen or hydrocodone with ibuprofen.
Possible Side Effects of Hydrocodone
Side effects of hydrocodone include lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, mental fogginess, euphoria, nausea, vomiting, constipation, anxiety, lethargy, mood swings and rash.
Hydrocodone is also considered highly habit forming, and over-consumption can lead to psychological and physical addiction and dependence, as well as serious liver problems. In light of this, a hydrocodone prescription will be monitored closely by health care professionals.
Signs of overdose on hydrocodone include clammy or cold skin, circulatory collapse, coma, depression, respiratory failure, stupor, cardiac arrest and even death. Seek emergency medical care immediately at the first signs of any of these symptoms.
Hydrocodone should not be mixed with alcohol, at risk of sever health complications.
Warnings About Hydrocodone
The information listed here regarding hydrocodone is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.
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