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Hydrocodone and oxycodone are similar, frequently abused opiates, mostly known by the brand names of Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin, that are commonly prescribed to relieve pain. These drugs can produce a heroin like high when misused. In many cases, the dependency starts innocently enough after a surgery or other type of injury provides a need for a painkiller. However, once they have recovered from whatever circumstance were causing the pain, individuals often find themselves hooked on the drugs.

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About Hydrocodone Oxycodone Drug Test

Tests Which Detect Hydrocodone and Oxycodone

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About Hydrocodone

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Hydrocodone’s pharmaceutical name is Vidodin or Lorcet. When combined with an acetaminophen, it is labeled Zydone. Common street names for Hydrocodone are Watson-387, Vic and Vike. Hydrocodone is classified as a Schedule II drug, which means it’s a drug that has a high potential for abuse, but is also accepted as a medical treatment. The pharmaceutical name of oxycodone is OxyContin or Percocet, while the street names for the drug are Oxy, OC, Percs and Cets. In terms of strength, 5 mg of oxycodone is equivalent to 7.5 mg of hydrocodone.

Intended Effects and Side Effects of Hydrocodone

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Intended Usage

Hydrocodone is taken orally to treat pain, and in some cases, it is used as an antitussive to treat a cough. The effects of Hydrocodone usually begin 20 to 30 minutes after it is taken and lasts from four to eight hours. Many users report a sense of satisfaction or warm numbing sensation throughout their body once the drug begins working.

Oxycodone is a controlled release oral tablet used to treat moderate to severe acute or chronic pain from cancer or other ailments and is taken every 12 hours.

Side Effects

  • Narrowing of the pupils
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Dry throat
  • Anxiety
  • Abnormally sad or happy mood
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Chest tightness
  • Irregular or slowed breathing
  • Sweating
  • Hiccups
  • Dyspnea
  • Urine retention
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nervousness
  • Loss of appetite

Dangers, Abuse, and Overdose

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Dangers

  • Visual disturbances
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Erratic performances
  • Impaired judgment

Overdose

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there were dramatic increases in the distribution of oxcodone and hydrocodone between 2000 and 2010. This increase in distribution coincided with a wave of overdose deaths in Florida, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and other states across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control stated the number over overdose deaths associated with these pain killers numbered 14,800 in 2008 alone and the number is rapidly increasing, making abuse of these prescription drugs as dangerous as street drugs.

Painkiller abuse comes in many forms. In most cases it comes about as a result of patients taking a medication longer than medically indicated or recommended. Also, people use the prescription drugs in combination with other drugs and over the counter medications to produce a greater high.

All these characteristics of a person abusing drugs could be especially dangerous in a work environment, particularly those that involve driving or operating heavy machinery.