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Hydrocodone Overdose

Hydrocodone is abused for its opiate-like effects. It is equivalent to morphine in relieving abstinence symptoms from chronic morphine administration. The Schedule III status of Hydrocodone-containing products has made them available to widespread diversion by "bogus call-in prescriptions" and thefts. Three dosage forms are typically found (5, 7.5, and 10 mg) and their behavioral effects can last up to 5 hours. The drug is most often administered orally. The growing awareness and concern about AIDS and blood-borne pathogens easily transmitted by syringe needle use, has made the oral bioavailability of Hydrocodone attractive to the typical opiate abuser.

A Hydrocodone overdose happens when you consume more Hydrocodone than your body can safely handle. An overdose of Hydrocodone can be fatal. Hydrocodone is found in multiple prescription drugs including Lortab, Lorcet, and Vicodin. If you suspect an overdose, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Symptoms of a Hydrocodone overdose include:

  • bluish tinge to skin, fingernails, and lips
  • cold clammy skin
  • extreme sleepiness
  • heavy perspiration
  • limp muscles
  • nausea & vomiting
  • slowed heartbeat
  • slow and labored breathing
  • shallow breathing
  • pinpoint pupils
  • spasms of the stomach and/or intestinal tract
  • low blood pressure
  • drowsiness
  • seizures
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • loss of consciousness
  • coma
  • confusion
  • tiredness
  • sweating