Dangers of Counterfeit and Street Versions of Hydrocodone

Dangers of Counterfeit and Street Versions of Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is most frequently compounded with another analgesic, such as acetaminophen, and is prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and as a cough suppressant. In fact, according to the June 2011 report from the Office of Diversion Control Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section within the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opiate in the United States with more than 139 million prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing products dispensed in 2010 and more than 36 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Side Effects of Hydrocodone Use

Hydrocodone is generally abused orally, often in combination with alcohol. Because alcohol and hydrocodone are both central nervous system depressants, the combination is particularly dangerous as they both slow down the functioning of the brain. Of particular concern is that combininghydrocodone with alcohol can cause respiratory depression. In fact, abusing hydrocodone and alcohol at the same time may be lethal.Side effects associated with hydrocodoneabuse include the following problems:

  • Difficulty with memory
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Problems with coordination
  • Sweating
  • Shallow or infrequent breathing
  • Passing out
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation

Can You Overdose on Hydrocodone?

One of the greatest risks of using counterfeit or street versions of hydrocodone products is that you have no idea what other ingredients are present. If you have any of the following overdose symptoms, you need to seek immediate help:

  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A slow heart rate or low blood pressure
  • Extreme drowsiness that could lead to a coma

Unfortunately, when you seek emergency treatment, the treatment specialists also have no idea of the other ingredients and may not be able to treat you as efficiently and effectively as they would like.

Hydrocodone AddictionTreatment

The best course of action for you to take is to avoid counterfeit or street versions of hydrocodone. However, addiction is such a powerful force that you often will not think clearly about the risks. If you feel that you are suffering with a hydrocodone addiction, call us now. We can talk to you about the various treatment options, the benefits of each treatment option, and get you into the treatment that you need.
Rehab provides medically supervised detox and a host of counseling and support services that help you respond to the physiological, emotional, mental, physical, and psychological contributors of your addiction.

Hydrocodone Addiction Help

Recovering from hydrocodone with proper medical supervision and support services is possible. If you or someone you know is addicted to hydrocodone, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about hydrocodone addiction treatment. We are here to help.