History of Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone was first created in the 1920s by Knoll, a German pharmaceutical company. It is created by attaching a hydrogen atom to codeine molecules. Knoll created it because they believed that this process would make the codeine easier on the stomach of the user.
During this time, thousands of people were dealing with a growing problem and needed hydrocodone help. Addiction to opiates, which can be found in most popular cough syrups, was becoming a major issue. At the end of the 1920s, the U.S. Bureau of Social Hygiene funded a study by the National Research Council to examine whether hydrocodone along with other drug compounds could be alternative, less-addictive painkillers to the ones that so many people were becoming addicted to. The National Research Council decided Dr. Nathan Eddy, University of Michigan pharmacologist would head up the study. He studied the effects, safety and side effects of hundreds of different drugs, including heavy-hitters such as morphine, codeine and the soon to be released, hydrocodone.
After a series of ethically-questionable tests on cats to determine the “analgesic” effect of the drugs, Eddy found hydrocodone was one of the most effective drugs in the study in terms of pain-killing effectiveness and the predictably of its side effects. However, there was a problem with hydrocodone; it created a euphoric effect in the animals that were tested. He felt that the drug was powerful, and with that, it also held the potential to be highly addictive. He went so far as to say that it would be possible for an individual to become addicted to hydrocodone without even realizing it. This happens to be a common mistake today. Many patients who are prescribed hydrocodone become addicted to it without realizing it and then eventually have to go through hydrocodone detox.
Despite Eddy’s findings, hydrocodone became a popular medication in the U.S. market. In the years that followed, it continually grew in popularity as a pain reliever despite its addictive potential.
Hydrocodone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics as well as a class of medications called antitussives. Antitussives are used to suppress coughing. It is used to either relieve moderate to severe pain, or it is taken to relieve coughing. In both cases, hydrocodone helps the patient by going straight to the brain and changing the way it responds to things. For pain, it changes the way the brain responds to pain. With coughing, hydrocodone decreases the activity in the brain that causes coughing.
Hydrocodone is given in correlation with other ingredients, so it is important to look up all the other ingredients in order to better understand your medication. Hydrocodone may be habit-forming, so it is important to only take what your doctor prescribes. Make sure to keep it stored away from children and people with a history of drug abuse to ensure the safety of everyone. Keep the medication in the bottle it originally came in and clearly labeled so there is no confusion.
Today, hydrocodone continues to be a growing problem because of its addictive nature. Doctors have to be incredibly careful in prescribing this medication to patients. It is important for doctors to go over the risks of taking hydrocodone with the patients.
If you or a loved one is addicted to hydrocodone, it is important to seek help. Hydrocodone is a highly dependent drug. Once addicted, the effects are devastating. Many lose their jobs, dreams and ambitions. But, there is hope. If you are interested in receiving information on hydrocodone detox or rehab, please call our toll free number at (877) 345-3362.