Lorcet Abuse and Withdrawal

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Lorcet Abuse and Withdrawal

Lorcet is a drug containing Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is derived by the synthesizing of Codeine or Thebaine. Codeine is derived from the sap of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum).

Thebaine comes from the same plant, but is an alkaloid that is found in the plant. Bitartrate is a form of salt with a specific chemical composition.

The Codeine or Thebaine is combined with the Bitartrate and Acetaminophen, a drug that is used as a substitute for Aspirin. All these ingredients together make a medication that be used to treat several conditions.

Why Is Lorcet Prescribed?

Lorcet can be prescribed for a number of things. Generally, it is prescribed as a pain reliever, especially that which is caused by a surgical procedure. However, Lorcet can also be prescribed to relieve or help manage chronic pain or acute pain that can be caused by other things, such as disease or injury. Depending on the severity of them, Lorcet may sometimes be prescribed to relieve cough. This may be necessary if a person is suffering from a severe respiratory condition such as Pneumonia or Emphysema, and regular cough suppressant medications are not effective.

The Bitartrate ingredient in Lorcet provides the anti-tussive effect. It works by helping suppress the urge to cough unnecessarily, especially when there is no reason to (the lungs aren't filling up or there is no foreign object or obstruction in the throat or airway). Lorcet can also be prescribed for the treatment of diarrhea. Diarrhea is a condition in which a person has numerous bowel movements, but they are very watery and may contain little if any waste product.

Diarrhea can be caused by over-stimulation of the smooth muscles in the stomach and other parts of the digestive system. These muscles normally contract, pushing liquid and waste matter through the digestive system, but sometimes there is no reason for the contracting process, and waste products are pushed through too quickly. Diarrhea can result from food poisoning, or even be caused by certain medications or medical procedures, such as chemotherapy. Diarrhea can be very dangerous, as copious and forcible expulsion of liquid from the body can result in dehydration. This condition itself can result in an imbalance of chemicals and electrolytes in a person's body, which can have a weakening effect on the body.

Statistics Relating To Lorcet

Lorcet is very effective, especially as a pain reliever. For this and other reasons, it is often very widely prescribed. In fact, according to addiction recovery specialists, Hydrocodone medications, of which Lorcet is one type, are considered the most popular types of prescription drugs in the United States.

The production and sale of Hydrocodone increased by 400% between the years of 1990 to 2000. In the United States alone, approximately 20 tons of Hydrocodone is used each year; as is evidenced by the 124 million prescriptions for Hydrocodone - containing drugs in the year 2005 alone. Distribution of Hydrocodone (both legally and illegally) has increased by 66% since 2001. Again, this was reported by addiction recovery specialists.

How Is Lorcet Abused?

Because it does contain an opium derivative, Lorcet is often abused and can result in addiction. Abuse occurs through one of the following means (this should not be considered an all-inclusive list):

  1. Taking more of the drug than has been prescribed.
  2. Taking the drug more often than it has been prescribed.
  3. Taking it in a manner other than that in which it was intended. For example, Lorcet is usually prescribed in tablet or capsule form. It is not unusual for abusers to crush tablets or empty the medication out of the capsule, mix it with liquid (usually water) and inject the drug either under the skin or directly into a vein.
  4. Taking the drug when there is no medical necessity or when it has not been prescribed to a person.
  5. Selling or distributing the drug to those for whom there is no medical necessity or do not have a legal prescription for the drug.

When used properly, Lorcet provides pain relief or relief from other symptoms (some were cited earlier in the article.) Even with proper use, however, drowsiness and constipation can occur. When used in large amounts, suppressed breathing, which can cause oxygen deprivation to cells, can occur.

Lorcet Abuse Treatment Options

Using non-narcotic medications to treat pain or using narcotic medications that do not have the propensity for abuse or addiction as Lorcet does is one treatment option.

Using over-the-counter drugs for cough and diarrhea is another option. For those with a serious addiction, a drug rehab center may be the best solution.

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