Hydrocodone
Educational Video

Slang Terms: Hydros, Tabs, Vics, Itchies

  • Hydrocodone is a legal opiate used to treat pain that was created by Carl Mannich and Helene Lowenheim in Germany in 1920 and became available in the US in 1943.
  • There are over 200 medications that contain hydrocodone in them. Some of these include: Vicodin, Dilaudid, Lortab, and Hycodan.
  • Hydrocodone is most commonly recognized as medication administered in tablets, capsules, or suppositories
  • When abused these opiates can be crushed and snorted, broken down with liquid and injected, or ingested.
  • Harmful side effects include: nausea, drowsiness, impaired coordination, weakness, and confusion.
  • Withdrawal symptoms are: severe pain, pin-and-needle sensation throughout the body, sweating, extreme anxiety and restlessness, fever, depression, and severe muscle cramping.

Hydrocodone Addicts Can Recover

Treatment options for Hydrocodone include a medical detoxification that involves a monitored gradual decrease of doses in order to safely relieve withdrawal symptoms that prevent the user from wanting to quit.

The first step in detox can take place in a medical or residential setting. This is ideal for a person who wants to live 100% clean and sober.

After completing detox, most addicts who choose complete abstinence have a better outcomes committing to a residential treatment center for thirty to ninety days.

There are also no cost 12-step self help programs such as Narcotics Anonymous.

If you or your loved one is seeking help Hopelinks is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week – call today 866 806 2821.

We look forward to helping you and your loved one.

References

STREET DRUGS: a drug identification guide 2010
National Institute on Drug Abuse:
http://drugabuse.gov/

Medline Plus:
http://nih.gov/

The Vaults of Erowid:
http://www.erowid.org/pharms/hydrocodone/hydrocodone.shtml

Drug Free:
http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/depressants

Project Know:
http://www.projectknow.com/research/alcohol-and-drugs/

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