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Information provided below is courtesy of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Lorcet Overview

Lorcet Addiction TreatmentMedication like Lorcet is used for pain management and it is 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.


Lorcet Signs of Abuse

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.

Effects of Lorcet Abuse

Effects of Lorcet abuse include persistent reactions such as drowsiness, nausea, fatigue, problems urinating, dizziness, anxiety, constipation, tolerance-building, coma, and death due to overdose. Also, since tolerance can build quickly over time, the user can develop a severe and dangerous addiction to Lorcet. Long term effects include hearing loss, liver damage, and mental health problems due to addiction.

Lorcet Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Dilated pupils
  • Yawning and sleeplessness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches and pains

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