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Lorcet Dependence – Signs of Lorcet Use Vs. Abuse, Tolerance

People who are in severe pain will often do almost anything to make the pain stop. Pain can affect a person’s ability to think and function normally. Medication, like Lorcet, that is used for pain management is often based on opiates. Opiates change brain chemistry and affect the central nervous system, blocking pain receptors. Instead of pain, the person feels a sense of euphoria, known as a “high,” that heightens awareness and makes reality seem distant.

Lorcet is the trade name of a drug that combines an opioid called hydrocodone with acetaminophen, the principal over-the-counter drug in Tylenol and other painkillers. It is available in the United States by prescription only and is used to relieve moderate to severe pain or suppress coughing. More popularly known versions of this same drug combination are Vicodin and Percocet.

This pain medication is available in tablets, capsules, and in liquid form. The ease in which Lorcet can be ingested and the tolerance that some people develop for the drug mean that Lorcet use can slip into abuse with and without conscious intention. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of Lorcet abuse in yourself and your loved ones, because misuse of the drug can lead to serious health complications, dependency and addiction.

Is Lorcet Addictive?

Opiate Dependence

Side Note Picture Opiates are often referred to as narcotics and are generally prescribed by physicians to help individuals relieve pain. While opiate use is common in the medical industry, many individuals use opiates recreationally. Opiates come in many forms, and they can be injected, taken orally, snorted or smoked.

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The hydrocodone component of Lorcet is a narcotic that is comparable to morphine and heroin. Like those two drugs, hydrocodone affects the chemistry of the brain and can be habit-forming if usage directions are not strictly followed. How addictive is Lorcet? It can be highly additive, if the drug is misused or used for an extended period of time.

Addiction is a function of interrelated factors. The level of use that qualifies as an addiction is different for each individual. A person can misuse Lorcet and develop physical and psychological dependencies without necessarily developing an addiction to the drug. Conversely, a person who is not in pain but uses Lorcet for its euphoric properties is more likely to be in the grip of a traditional addiction that requires structured intervention.

Understanding Lorcet Dependency and Tolerance

Pain management is a critical part of health care. It is doubly important to people who experience chronic pain. The hydrocodone in Lorcet is the most frequently prescribed pain management narcotic in the United States. It is also abused more often than any other narcotic.

It is a doctor’s responsibility to put a patient on a safe dosage schedule that will prevent Lorcet dependence; however, the debilitating nature of pain and the possibility that a person can develop a tolerance for the drug mean that a person can start misusing Lorcet without fully understanding the consequences. The issue of tolerance, in particular, is a tricky slope. Some people naturally adjust to opiates, so it takes a constantly increasing dosage to achieve the same level of pain relief. Dependency can start with a simple need to make the pain stop, when the last dose has worn off too soon.

It is important to be able to recognize the signs of physical and psychological dependence in yourself and others. If a person experiences a strong desire to deviate from the prescribed dosage schedule and regularly takes Lorcet in greater amounts or more frequently than directed by a doctor, he or she may be dependent. The dependency may be physical if failure to take the drug results in restlessness or insomnia. It may be psychological if the person seems to be experiencing pain while not under the influence of the drug, when no pain should be present.

Effects/Side Effects

Short-Term Effects of Lorcet

Misuse of Lorcet can have serious side effects. The Lorcet high makes people feel euphoric and sleepy, and, of course, the person no longer feels pain. Both hydrocodone and acetaminophen have negative side effects that can result in serious health conditions. In fact, the reason that drug manufacturers add  acetaminophen to the hydrocodone is for the specific purpose of causing an adverse reaction to overuse of the hydrocodone. This is why Lorcet addicts will often crush the pills to try to separate the hydrocodone from the acetaminophen.The negative side effects of the combined drug can include dizziness, nausea, constipation, urinary retention and depressed respiration. Hydrocodone depresses respiration, so misuse can stop a person’s breathing. Further, a high dosage of acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage.Coming down from Lorcet can cause restlessness, itching, and insomnia. Of course, the pain will return and can seem to do so at a greater intensity.

Long-Term Effects of Lorcet

Extended use of Lorcet can create physical and psychological dependencies and lead to addiction.

Withdrawal and Detoxification

If you suspect a Lorcet overdose, you should check the person’s eyes, skin, and rate of breathing. A person who has overdosed on the drug will usually have widened or constricted pupils and skin that is cold and clammy or blue. Very slow breathing can indicate that the drug has caused depressed respiration that can lead to seizures, unconsciousness or death. Detoxification in the case of an overdose must be done under medical supervision.

Withdrawal from Lorcet in the case of an ongoing addiction is also complicated. Withdrawal symptoms can include insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle and bone pain.

Treatment for Lorcet Addiction

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