Norco Dependence – Signs of Norco Use Vs. Abuse, Tolerance
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- Is Norco Addictive?
- Understanding Norco Dependency and Tolerance
- Effects/Side Effects
- Withdrawal and Detoxification
- Treatment for Norco Addiction
Is Norco Addictive?
You might be wondering, “How addictive is Norco?” Norco is also known as hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. It is used as a painkiller for moderate to moderate-severe pain. It is a narcotic and can cause a dependency or habit. This opiate works within the central nervous system. It is a schedule III narcotic, which means it has a high potential for abuse and that severe dependence is possible with illicit use.
Understanding Norco Dependency and Tolerance
Norco dependence occurs when the body can no longer function correctly without the medication being taken. Norco can take between 1.3 and 3.8 hours to reach its half-life. It would take at least twice this long for the drug to stop working within the body. A physical dependence relies on a drug to create a chemical in the body. In this case, the chemical is causing the body to redefine what it considers to be pain and is needed to reduce pain and swelling in the body.
Norco can also cause a psychological dependency. This causes the user to think that he or she needs to have the drug in order to function properly, when it actually is not needed by the body at all. Psychological dependency can cause panic symptoms when the drug is not administered at the appropriate time, or when the user thinks it is needed.
Similar to other opioids and narcotics, Norco can cause a tolerance to build in the body. To overcome the tolerance, a user must take more of the medication. However, this is not advised. Many doctors are able to prescribe a new treatment that will work in the body to achieve the appropriate effects, without taking more of a drug.
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The short-term effects of Norco include the reduction of pain in the body caused by many reasons, including arthritis, cramping, injuries, and broken bones. Norco can be habit-forming and should only be taken as prescribed by a doctor. Taking more of this drug can be dangerous. Some side effects reported with this drug include agranulocytosis, anxiety, apnea, cardiac arrest, sweating, dizziness, dysphoria, malaise, feat, mental clouding, nausea, skin rashes, sedation, vomiting, and thrombocytopenia.
The long-term effects of Norco can be things such as addiction, urinary retention, respiratory depression, itchiness, hearing loss, stupor or coma, as well as death in some individuals. If you are experiencing any side effects you feel are overwhelming or severe, contact your doctor or call your local emergency room.
Withdrawal and Detoxification
Withdrawal from Norco can cause a number of issues, depending on the dosage you have taken and the time you have been taking the dose. Taking too much of the drug Norco can result in a depression of the nervous system and death if the body cannot tolerate the amount. Withdrawal symptoms may present as depression following euphoria, heavy sweating, skeletal muscle flaccidity, mood changes, and others. If you suspect withdrawal symptoms are occurring when you’re stopping the use of Norco, contact your doctor right away. Withdrawal is manageable with many different techniques, including using nonaddictive drugs to counter the effects.
Treatment for Norco Addiction
Treatment for addiction to Norco is done with a taper, like most drugs. A taper is very effective in removing the medication from the patient’s body with little to no withdrawal during or following treatment if it is followed correctly and monitored by doctors. During a taper, the drug is stepped down over a period of days or weeks, from a whole dose to three-fourths of a dose, to half, and so on. The amount your doctor reduces your medication will depend on the amount you currently take. Sometimes, the drug must be stopped immediately to prevent medical emergencies from occurring. In medical emergencies, there is an antidote that can be administered to help the patient prevent respiratory depression. Because this is a combination drug, multiple antidotes may be needed. An acute overdose can present in a number of ways, but can lead to coma and death quickly if not treated.
In addition to stopping the drug, psychological help is available. This helps the patients change their behaviors to reduce the chance for relapse. A psychological dependency is most likely to be treated with therapy sessions while the patient is tapered off of the drug, however therapy can be beneficial for physical dependency issues as well.
Norco abuse treatment is available from a number of organizations, such as hospitals, clinics, and private doctor’s offices. Hospitals treat patients regardless of financial resources, so this should not be a deferring factor. People interested in inpatient or outpatient services for Norco addiction and recovery should call 1-888-803-9961 Who Answers? to receive the information needed to start recovery. A short contact form is also available for those who do not have access to a telephone or those who are hearing impaired.