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Hydrocodone abuse

A highly addictive opioid, hydrocodone is widely prescribed in the U.S. for treating pain. Moreover, if it is not used as prescribed, hydrocodone can lead to increased tolerance or even addiction. More here on signs of hydrocodone abuse, with a section at the end for your questions.

Abuse of hydrocodone

Classified as a Schedule II drug by the Controlled Substance Act, hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid that affects the central nervous system. This habit-forming narcotic is used for two reasons in medicine: the first one is to treat moderate to severe pain, and the second is to treat cough. Moreover, hydrocodone it is one of the most prescribed drugs in the U.S., and it is always prescribed in combination with other ingredients like paracetamol, ibuprofen, and so on, in order to reduce its addictive potential.

But, if you do not use hydrocodone as prescribed, you are abusing the drug. In fact, any use of hydrocodone in a way that is not recommended as prescribed is both illegal and considered to be abusive. Here are some signs of abuse of hydrocodone:

  • Hydrocodone use in higher doses than prescribed
  • Hydrocodone use more often than prescribed
  • Hydrocodone use by chewing, smoking, snorting, or IV injection
  • Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol, illicit drugs, or other prescribed medications
  • Taking hydrocodone to get high
  • Taking hydrocodone without a prescription

Hydrocodone abuse

Available in variety of forms including pills, capsules, and solutions, hydrocodone is designed only to be swallowed. To work as intended, it must be digested in the gastro-intestinal track; and only later enters the bloodstream before it is crosses the blood-brain barrier. Taken in this way, hydrocodone’s effects are delivered properly and effectively.

Administrated in any other way, you are releasing a concentrated amount of hydrocodone to the central nervous system, which increases the risk of adverse side effects. Moreover, when you abuse hydrocodone, you put yourself at risk by triggering many side effects that can damage your body and health. Some of the most common hydrocodone abuse side effects include:

  • Confusion
  • Damage of different organs
  • Difficulties in breathing
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Losing consciousness
  • Overdose which can lead to death

Additionally, negative side effects affect every field of your life, and have a huge impact on your work, social, and emotional life. Hydrocodone abuse can result in:

  • Constant mood change
  • Hospitalization
  • Job loss
  • Loss of family and friends or other relations
  • Mental health issues, including addiction and psycho-emotional problems

Hydrocodone abuse statistics

We advise that you are very careful when you use hydrocodone, and read a lot before start using it. Here is a list of the most up-to-date trustful sites that deal with statistics on hydrocodone abuse:

Drug Enforcement Administration
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Office of National Drug Control Policy
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Hydrocodone Abuse Questions

This is only a general view on hydrocodone abuse and its side effects. For more on the treatment of hydrocodone addiction, please contact us in the comment section below or via our contact us page. All your comments and questions are welcomed and appreciated. And, we are eager to help you!

Reference Sources: NY SENATE: Prescription Drug Abuse: A Growing Health Crises.
NIH: MedicinePlus: Hydrocodone
DEA: Drug Facts Sheet: Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone abuse

5 How do you get addicted to hydrocodone?

How do you get addicted to hydrocodone?

January 9th, 2017

Hydrocodone can be habit forming and might trigger dependence if misused or abused. More on hydrocodone’s addictive potential and tips for safe use, here.

14 Signs and symptoms of hydrocodone addiction

Signs and symptoms of hydrocodone addiction

February 14th, 2014

Hydrocodone addiction can occur in anyone using prescription medications that contain hydrocodone. Here, we explore the main signs and symptoms of hydrocodone addiction and what you can do to identify and address hydrocodone addiction.

9 How is hydrocodone abused?

How is hydrocodone abused?

August 27th, 2013

You abuse hydrocodone anytime you take hydrocodone other than prescribed, or use hydrocodone for euphoric effect. More on the definition of hydrocodone abuse here.

61 When does hydrocodone kick in?

When does hydrocodone kick in?

April 8th, 2013

Hydrocodone takes about 30 minutes after oral ingestion to kick in. More on how modes of administration affect hydrocodone onset here.

38 What happens when you snort hydrocodone?

What happens when you snort hydrocodone?

April 4th, 2013

When you snort hydrocodone, you deliver a concentrated dose of the opioid almost immediately to the brain. You can get high and you risk developing hydrocodone dependence, experiencing overdose, and adverse side effects. More on snorting hydrocodone here.

16 Smoking hydrocodone

Smoking hydrocodone

September 7th, 2012

What does smoking hydrocodone do to you? In this article, we’ll explore how it affects your body and just how safe smoking hydrocodone really is.

163 Can you overdose (OD) on hydrocodone?

Can you overdose (OD) on hydrocodone?

June 25th, 2012

It’s difficult to overdose on hydrocodone alone. But hydrocodone is usually combined with other, more dangerous medications. More on hydrocodone overdose, drug poisoning, and safe dosing for hydrocodone here.

2 What is hydrocodone used for?

What is hydrocodone used for?

May 30th, 2012

Hydrocodone is used to manage pain. More on hydrocodone’s uses, side effects, and dangers here.

218 Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol

Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol

May 4th, 2012

What are the effects of mixing hydrocodone and alcohol? Can you die from hydrocodone overdose? More here on harms and warnings for mixing hydrocodone with alcohol.

306 Hydrocodone overdose: How much amount of hydrocodone to OD?

Hydrocodone overdose: How much amount of hydrocodone to OD?

April 8th, 2012

Hydrocodone overdose amount can occur in doses 90 mg or larger. More on how much amount of hydrocodone is safe for you and hydrocodone overdose here.

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One Response to “Hydrocodone abuse
3:56 pm June 29th, 2016

I have a Question about Hydrocodone and an awful symptom that I’ve been dealing with for over A Year now. I know I’m an Addict and have been actively using for 3 years now again! After being sober off Alcohol since 04′. I went to treatment 2 years ago for Marijuana and Pills.Im so ready to surrender I have a beautiful Family and a lot of support. However now I have this awful Medical issue that is getting worse buy the minute and am scared I’v got a terminal illness and really need a thorough medical Dr as well as treatment, I am so frustrated with Healthcare debacle and am scared to turn my life over to a bunch of Frustrated,Underappericated,Insurance Robots !! I do think that a Women exclusive treatment Program is very important to me I have P.T.S.D. And get very anxious around Men, and seem to get possessed with Anger,distracting from the Real Issues I so desperately need and want to Work through! Any words of wisdom would be so appreciated !
Thank You for your time⭐️⭐️