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Lorcet Abuse and Dependence

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Lorcet is the brand name for a prescription drug made of a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is an opioid indicated to treat moderate to severe pain, though it also has cough suppressant properties. The other active ingredient, acetaminophen, is a pain-relieving and fever-reducing agent commonly found in the over-the-counter medicine, Tylenol.

Like other opioids, Lorcet works by binding to nerve sites known as mu-opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system (CNS). Once bound to these receptors, the hydrocodone block pain signals, altering the individual’s perception of pain. Other common brand names for hydrocodone and acetaminophen are Vicodin and Lortab.

Hydrocodone is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act in the United States. This designation means that it has a high potential for abuse, has some accepted medical use, and carries a heightened risk for causing physical or psychological dependence. Because it has a high potential for drug diversion and abuse, hydrocodone is tightly controlled by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Lorcet Abuse and Effects

Substance abuse occurs when an individual consumes a prescribed medication in any way other than as directed by their doctor. Examples of abuse include taking more than prescribed, consuming it via a different method (i.e., snorting or injecting), or combining it with another substance to enhance effects.

The consequences of abuse are numerous and differ depending on certain factors, such as how long it was abused, how much was taken, and the person’s weight and age. Any good provided by abuse of the drug comes with plenty of adverse side effects. Moreover, long-term abuse will eventually lead to tolerance, and after a while, very little good comes from use, but the side effects remain.

Some effects and side effects of hydrocodone use include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Chronic constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Feelings of coziness
  • Headaches
  • Itching
  • Lessened pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Lorcet Dependence and Withdrawal

Hydrocodone is known to be habit-forming and can cause physical dependence within as little as a week of regular use. What’s more, the sought-after effects cause the user to experience feelings of pleasure and reward, leading to psychological dependence.

Hydrocodone greatly enhances the effects of a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine. This chemical messenger is responsible for these feelings of pleasure and reward.

Physical dependence occurs when an individual’s brain gets used to the constant influx of dopamine and eventually stops producing its own. If the individual then attempts to quit or cut down on their dose, they will experience unpleasant, often painful withdrawal symptoms as the body rebalances itself.

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Hydrocodone is known to produce a litany of withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use, including the following:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dysphoria
  • Excessive yawning
  • Fatigue
  • Goosebumps
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nightmares
  • Profuse sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Stomach cramps
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Teary eyes

While these withdrawal effects may not be fatal, such as with benzo or alcohol withdrawal, they can range from mild to dreadful to endure. Much of the reason opioids like hydrocodone are so addictive is that the withdrawals often provoke one relapse after another. As such, it is highly recommended that anyone attempting to quit undergo a medically supervised detox.

Hydrocodone Overdose

Within the past few decades, opioid-related overdose deaths have exploded to crisis proportions. The public has lashed out against both pharmaceutical manufacturers and prescribers for the lax distribution of these extremely addictive drugs.

Hydrocodone is a CNS depressant, similar to alcohol and benzodiazepines. When too much is taken or when combined with other depressants, it can slow down the CNS too much and precipitate a life-threatening overdose. The other ingredient in Lorcet, acetaminophen, is also dangerous when consumed in high quantities.

Signs of hydrocodone overdose include the following:

  • Bluish lips and fingers
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Confusion
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Limp body and limbs
  • Profuse sweating
  • Seizures
  • Slow or absent pulse
  • Slowed or stopped breathing
  • Uncontrollable vomiting
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Coma
  • Death

It is extremely important to identify an overdose and act as soon as possible. If you suspect your loved one is overdosing, immediately call 911—this can prevent permanent brain damage or death.

Furthermore, if you believe your loved one may endanger themselves through hydrocodone abuse, there is a medication called naloxone (Narcan) available over-the-counter in many pharmacies. This medication reverses opioid overdoses and could be the difference between life and death for your loved one.

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If you or a loved one is struggling with abuse or addiction to Lorcet or another drug, we urge you to seek professional treatment today.

Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery offer comprehensive, evidence-based programs comprised of therapies clinically proven to be effective, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, individual and family counseling, peer group support, mindfulness therapy, aftercare planning, and more.

Our compassionate staff is dedicated to providing our clients with all the tools, education, and support they require to conquer addiction and reclaim their lives.

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If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Detox Center at (877) 497-6180. Our specialists can assess your individual needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

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