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Lorcet is a prescription pain reliever that contains the narcotic, Hydrocodone combined with the less potent painkiller, Acetaminophen.  This drug can be used to manage mild to severe pain and has also been used for illicit purposes.

What You Should Know About Lorcet

LorcetThe Hydrocodone component of Lorcet can be habit-forming and should be used explicitly as directed and only utilized by the person it was prescribed for.  Some side effects of Hydrocodone include drowsiness, impaired thinking, and slow reactions. Therefore it is advised that the user avoids driving or operating machinery.  As with other opioids, increased Hydrocodone tolerance can result in overdose or addiction.  If the drug seems to have stopped working, the dosage should not be increased without consulting a physician.

The Acetaminophen component of Lortab is a mild pain reliever that enhances the effects of Hydrocodone.  This is done to lessen the amount of opioid used to prevent tolerance or addiction; however, overuse of Acetaminophen can result in liver damage or death.

Lorcet, Deliverance or Death?

Lorcet is a mix of the opioid hydrocodone bitartrate, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) and is intended for relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. This is a controlled substance with a schedule III classification. Since Lorcet shares some of the same effects as Vicodin, Norco and Lortab it shares their street names as well. Otherwise known on the street as Watson 502 (from printed info on the pill), Tabs, Norco, Vikes or Viko, Lorcet is one of the most commonly abused prescription medicines.

Misuse of prescription drugs, usually stolen from the medical supplies of others, has a name and it’s called “Pharming.” If you notice that your Lorcet prescription seems to be short a few pills, don’t ignore it. Watch those with access to your supply carefully for signs of addiction. Crushing and then snorting these drugs, or combining them with others is likely to cause a fatal overdose. Even when taken with a Doctor’s supervision, Lorcet has an alarming potential for dependence and abuse. This powerful medicine should never be taken longer than prescribed or in amounts not approved by a medical professional.

The Following Signs Could All Be Indications of Lorcet Abuse

  • Doctor shopping.
  • Using more than the prescribed amount.
  • Frequent claims of having lost the medicine, or having had it stolen.
  • Claiming an allergy to other medicines, and that only Lorcet takes the pain away.
  • Becoming anti-social, and wanting to spend most of the time alone.
  • Dishonest behavior.
  • Never having any money and no explanation as to where it went.
  • Associating with different (usually less desirable) types of people.
  • Un-explained mood swings, or changes in behavior.

Scary Statistics From The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)

  • Samples of just a few hospitals records showed nearly 40% of all emergency room visits in 2004, were due to the abuse of prescription drugs with a hydrocodone base and those statistics only continue to rise over the years. In the year 2007, a whopping 99% of the world’s supply was consumed in The United States.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

  • (NCHS) reports that fatal overdoses involving opioids (hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone) were more frequent than those involving cocaine or heroin. Between 1999 and 2002, death through the abuse of prescription drugs rose an alarming 91%!

A Lorcet pill is typically a white, oblong pill with a vertical slash that should have “Watson 502” printed on it. For something that looks so innocent, it most certainly is not. Taken as prescribed it does as promised. Otherwise, the following is what can happen to people that abuse this drug in any way.

How Does Lorcet Affect The Mind?

In the first stages of using an opiate as a means of getting high, the abuser experiences a euphoric “rush” followed by relaxation, loss of pain, and has very little interest in sex. Opiates soon gain iron control of the mind, and abusers continue “chasing that first high” which leads them to ever higher doses and eventual brain damage. The time it takes to affect the mind can be measured in days, not months or years. Things to look for in the beginning stages of addiction are:

  • No will to do what they would normally enjoy.
  • Having a difficult time organizing their thoughts, or learning anything new.
  • Being unable to reason, or use logic in any way.
  • Loss of memory.

Lorcet’s Effect On The Body

Long use or abuse of this drug has many unpleasant side effects which can simply be annoying, and then there are the effects that can be deadly. Drowsiness, constipation, and dizziness are common, so is anxiety, confusion, and low blood pressure. While those symptoms may not seem that serious, breathing problems that can lead to death couldn’t be more serious.

Individuals suffering from certain health conditions should be tested to determine if Lorcet is safe for them to use.  Some of these conditions include the following:

  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Low blood pressure
  • Asthma or other breathing disorders
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Stomach or intestinal disorders
  • Alcohol or drug history

Common Side Effects of Lorcet

Not everyone who takes Lorcet will experience side effects.  In most cases, the drug is well tolerated when used as directed. Most common side effects are minor and easy to address.  The most common side effects experienced by Lorcet users include:

  • Dizziness, light-headedness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea and vomiting

These mild symptoms can usually be prevented by taking the pills with food.

Short-Term Effects

Lorcet’s short-term effects seem to be harmless, and can be beneficial when taken as prescribed. The drug makes the user high, and in that condition, they feel no pain which is the reason it’s prescribed at all. The average person does not deal well with pain unless they have no choice. Lorcet gives them an opportunity that’s hard to turn away from, and most don’t.

Long-Term Effects

  • Long-term use of Lorcet will cause damage that does not disappear when the abuse stops. It will cause liver damage that can lead to eventual death.
  • Lack of saliva (dry mouth) brings on tooth decay.
  • Lung infections due to decreased breathing functions.
  • Loss of hearing that is unresponsive to medical treatment.
  • Hormone decrease resulting low muscle mass, and increased body fat.
  • Irregular menstruation.
  • Loss of bone mass, increasing the chances of fractures.

Symptoms of Lorcet Overdose

As with most prescription drugs, there is a possibility of accidental overdose.  When the user feels that the medication isn’t providing enough relief, they often increase the dosage without consulting their doctor, or they combine this drug with another substance such as alcohol or marijuana in an attempt to get the desired results.

Overdose signs may not be obvious, until it’s to late. Low blood pressure (hypotension), cold and clammy skin, slow heart rate (bradycardia), extreme drowsiness (which leads to a coma), difficulty breathing, cardiac arrest, and finally, death.

Some signs that might indicate Lorcet overdose include:

  • Confusion, irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme drowsiness, coma

These symptoms should not be taken lightly as they can lead to cardiac arrest or death.  If caught in time, Lorcet overdose can be treated by pumping the stomach, inducing vomiting or administering activated charcoal.  Seek medical help immediately if you suspect Lorcet overdose.  Contact us today for specific drug information, addiction counseling, and drug treatment options.

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