Can Hydrocodone Get You High?
Can hydrocodone get you high? What is the hydrocodone duration in terms of feeling the effects of this drug?
These are common questions people have, and below are answers, as well as a general overview of what hydrocodone is.
Hydrocodone can be prescribed in brand name version on its own, but it’s often used in combination drugs as well. For example, hydrocodone will be combined with acetaminophen for more pain relieving effectiveness.
Hydrocodone is also included in extended-release formulations that are used for around-the-clock pain management, as well as in immediate-release medicines.
Brand name drugs that include hydrocodone and acetaminophen or ibuprofen include Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco.
Unfortunately, there is a potential for abuse and addiction with hydrocodone, and this is true of other opioids as well.
Hydrocodone and other opioids have led to such an abuse problem in the U.S. that it’s called the opioid epidemic, and it’s been declared a crisis.
This is because when the opioid receptors are activated by a larger dose of hydrocodone, it then triggers a rush of dopamine, which is a feel-good neurotransmitter, to go into the brain.
Instead of being recycled as dopamine normally would, large amounts stay in the brain of the user, creating a high.
A high from hydrocodone will include a sense of euphoria and often elevated well-being. Once the high wears off, a person will feel drowsy or very relaxed.
You’ll often see people who abuse hydrocodone and other opioids nodding off at strange times, because of the effects of the drugs.
When someone takes hydrocodone, and they’re following the instructions of their doctor, they’re usually given the smallest dose that might be effective for their pain, and then the doctor may gradually increase it as needed to avoid the potential of getting high.
When you get high from hydrocodone, you also put yourself at risk for becoming addicted.
This is because the same mechanisms that create the euphoria when someone takes opioids are also responsible for triggering reward cycles in the brain that contribute to addiction.
It’s not only the dose that a person takes which determines whether or not someone will get high from hydrocodone. It’s also how they use it.
Hydrocodone is intended to be used orally, but sometimes people will crush it up and either snort it or dissolve it so they can inject it directly into the bloodstream.
Using hydrocodone in these ways gives them a faster high and also one that’s more powerful. It also is more likely to lead to addiction.
With versions of hydrocodone that are time-release, this is a particularly popular way to abuse the medication and get all of the effects at one time.
So, can hydrocodone get you high? The answer is that it can, and unfortunately it does, which is a part of why there is such a huge opioid problem in the U.S.
It’s not only addiction that’s a risk with the use of hydrocodone. There is also the potential for an overdose to occur.
Opioids not only interact with the opioid receptors, but they also slow the functions of the central nervous system, which include breathing. People who take large doses of opioids and don’t have a tolerance to these drugs may experience respiratory depression, and it can become so severe that they overdose, go into a coma or die.
There is also the potential for physical dependence when someone is using hydrocodone, whether they’re using it to get high or otherwise. Physical dependence occurs when you’ve been using hydrocodone or other opioids for a period of time, and your body becomes used to them. If you try to stop using them suddenly, you may go through withdrawal symptoms.
The half-life of hydrocodone is slightly less than four hours.
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