When a person uses a drug for something other than a medically prescribed purpose, it is termed as drug abuse. The usage and abuse of illegal drugs like cocaine, marijuana, heroin, etc. would be well known to people because of the immense popularity of these drugs.

Surprising to many, is the increase in usage and abuse of Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic that produces a calming effect and provides a state of ecstasy. This highly addictive prescription drug is mostly used for pain control and relief. 

Even though Hydrocodone can only be prescribed by licensed physicians, the drug is very easily available in the pharmacies over the Internet without even the need of prescription. It’s available in the form of syrups, tablets, and capsules.

Side Effects

  • Constipation, decreased appetite, blood in vomit, or stools.
  • Mental and physical exhaustion, depression, and anxiety
  • Headache, drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea.
  • Mood swings, restlessness, unconsciousness, and excessive fatigue.
  • Sweating, stomach and chest pains, and blood shot or yellow eyes.
  • Difficulty in breathing, dry throat, pale skin, sluggishness, muscle twitches, etc.
  • Hydrocodone causes a change in chemistry and normal functioning of the brain, thus it becomes very difficult to stop using it once addicted.

Hydrocodone Abuse Warning Signs

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Behavioral changes like agitation, short temper, or hostility
  • Stealing money from home or work to buy more doses
  • If the drug had been prescribed for relieving some sort of pain, then continuing to use it without prescription or doctor’s advice
  • Visiting places like garage, basement, or washroom very often

With a high dosage and among sensitive people, Hydrocodone may produce respiratory depression by directly acting on the respiratory track. In the latent stages of abuse, the circulatory system might collapse, causing a cardiac arrest.

Acetaminophen is a component which is a part of the formulation of Hydrocodone and an overdose of the former can cause toxicity in liver. When such symptoms are not taken care of and dealt with in time, they can also cause death.

An over-dosage of acetaminophen can cause hypoglycemic conditions, kidney damage, etc. Individuals, who have shown signs of allergy previously while using hydrocodone, should totally abstain from these types of drugs. Hydrocodone is combined with other components during its formulation so as to prevent any kind of side effects, when taken in higher doses.

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