What Is Hydrocodone?
There are several hundred prescription hydrocodone products available. Some of these products are not approved by the FDA (this is actually fairly common among older medications), although the FDA has taken steps to remove such unapproved hydrocodone products from the market. Most of these unapproved products are cough syrups that contain hydrocodone plus one or more other active ingredients.
The most commonly prescribed (and abused) hydrocodone products are hydrocodone plus acetaminophen ("hydrocodone/APAP") pain medications, such as:
- Lorcet® (including Lorcet Plus® and Lorcet-HD®)
- Vicodin® (including Vicodin ES and Vicodin HP)
Abuse Potential of Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. In fact, it is classified as a controlled substance, meaning that there are special rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining the medication. Because hydrocodone can be a desirable drug of abuse, people often try to buy hydrocodone through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. It is readily available and relatively inexpensive (at least in generic form), making it a popular drug of abuse.
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