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Hycodan

Hycodan is often prescribed for an individual after surgery, an injury or for the treatment of chronic pain. The use of Hycodan can make a person feel sluggish, while also creating anxiety. An individual may also experience constricted pupils, drowsiness, euphoria, inability to concentrate, lethargy and a sense of relaxation. Hycodan is one of many brand names representing the generic hydrocodone. Also available under such trade names as Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet and Vicoprofen, Hycodan is an opiate analgesic and antitussive agent similar in structure to codeine. The effects of the drug, however, are more like that of morphine. Often prescribed as a pain medication, Hycodan is made up of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and hydrocodone. Hycodan is a frequently prescribed pain reliever and is also available on the street under such names as Vikes, Hydro and Norco. Hycodan, as well as other derivatives of hydrocodone, is abused for its opioid effects. Individuals taking the medication for recreational purposes often develop tolerance, dependence, and addiction. As Hycodan contains acetaminophen, there is an additional risk of liver toxicity when the drug is abused as the user will ingest high, acute doses. Abuse of Hycodan most often includes taking the pill orally or in combination with alcohol. Even if only taking the drug a few weeks and even for medical purposes, an individual can develop a physical dependence within a few weeks. This highly psychologically addictive substance, Hycodan affects the user’s brain by stopping it from producing endorphins. Over time, a Hycodan abuser will find it more difficult to function without the drug. Withdrawal symptoms associated with cessation of Hycodan can include, but are not limited to:

  • restlessness
  • muscle pain
  • bone pain
  • insomnia
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • cold flashes
  • goose bumps
  • involuntary leg movements
  • watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • irritability
  • panic
  • nausea
  • chills
  • sweating
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