Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller that can be addictive. Taking too much hydrocodone can also cause a deadly accidental overdose.
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What is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is a medication for severe pain. It belongs to a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) painkillers. It works by changing the brain and body’s response to pain. Hydrocodone is sold in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol) in another painkiller called Vicodin®.
What is the Problem?
Like all opioid painkillers, hydrocodone is habit-forming when taken continuously for more than a few days. Users can become addicted to hydrocodone if they increase the dosage. Overdoses of hydrocodone may cause other life-threatening side effects, including slow breathing, coma, and death.
Overdosing on hydrocodone can slow down the central nervous system, causing a person to stop breathing, lose consciousness, and die. Combining hydrocodone with alcohol and certain medications significantly increases the risk of accidental overdose and death.
How Does Hydrocodone Work?
Hydrocodone is a narcotic painkiller, which means the drug enters the brain and attaches to opioid receptors that control pain. In high doses, hydrocodone causes feelings of pleasure, well-being, and euphoria. Over time, the body becomes dependent on hydrocodone to function.
Symptoms of a Hydrocodone Overdose
- Slow, shallow breathing or stopped breathing
- Smaller pupils (black circles in the middle of the eyes)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Decreased urge to breathe
Anyone who uses hydrocodone for more than a few days will develop a physical tolerance and dependence, which means they need to continue taking hydrocodone (or a higher dose) to experience the same painkilling effects. The problem is that hydrocodone is addictive. Taking too much can cause an accidental overdose, coma, or death.
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