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What Are Street Names for Hydrocodone?

What Are Street Names for Hydrocodone?According to 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.

Hydrocodone is most often compounded with another analgesic, such as acetaminophen, and is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain and as a cough suppressant.

Side Effects of Hydrocodone Use

Hydrocodone is generally abused orally. Side effects associated with hydrocodone abuse include the following:

The combination of using hydrocodone with alcohol can be lethal because alcohol and hydrocodone are both central nervous system (CNS) depressants meaning that they slow down the functioning of the brain and can cause respiratory depression.

Hydrocodone Street Names

The most common street names for hydrocodone are associated with the prescribed medication to which this ingredient is a component and include the following:

  • Vikes
  • Viko
  • Hydro
  • Norco
  • Tab

The price on the street for these drugs, ranging from $2.00 to $7.00, makes these readily available.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Effects

If a person is abusing hydrocodone, it is important to gradually reduce the amount over time to avoid withdrawal effects which include the following:

  • 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

Some of these symptoms are so severe that people are better getting medically-supervised detox.

Hydrocodone Overdose

Another major concern about using street versions of hydrocodone products is that you have no idea what other ingredients are present. You should seek immediate help if you have any overdose symptoms including the following:

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

Not knowing what other ingredients are in the street versions of these drugs handicaps emergency medical professionals from providing you with the most effective treatment.

Hydrocodone Treatment

Inpatient rehab offers an integrated team of professionals that is going to create a customized treatment plan for the addict, implement and monitor the plan, make adjustments to the plan to foster success and provide transition support to the recovering addict upon completion of the rehab stay. This comprehensive approach starts with a qualified health professional to medically supervise the detox process that assists the person in reducing the withdrawal symptoms and removing the chemical dependency from the body.

Through treatment many addicts recognize the damage that the drugs were doing to themselves and their loved ones. They were also able to uncover the underlying issues that led them to use drugs initially. Through counseling they were able to resolve many of these issues and find strategies to deal with triggers and cravings.

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