What is Hydrocodone Bitartrate
Hydrocodone bitartrate is used as a pain reliever and for suppressing cough. It is a semi-synthetic opoid means it is like a drug and its main application is as a pain killer because it increases the tolerance power of pain. It is available in tablet, capsule as well as in liquid or syrup form and when it is sold commercially in the United States, it is always combined with paracetamol their trademark name is Vicodin. When we combine it with other compound then we can increase its effectiveness. It is taken by mixing it with other less effective non-opoid compound such as paracetamol the reason behind mixing is to discourage recreational use.
This was first time used in Germany in 1920 by Carl Mannich and Helene Lowenheim, and then in 23 March 1943 it was approved by Food and Drug Administration.
Its main benefits are that it helps in relieving pain ranging from moderate to severe. Another is that it is like a cough medicine to treat coughing and related problems.
In United States there were serious risks to health by taking hydrocodone with alcohol at the same time. Although paracetamol is mixed with it but its overdose can cause serious damage to liver, kidneys and stomach level.
The use of hydrocodone along with opoids can dwindle the level of testosterone in males and can lead to menstrual irregularity in women.
Common side effects of hydrocodone are: – dizziness, itching, nausea, sweating, constipation, vomiting, blood disorders, change in moo, racing heartbeat, rashes, lethargy.
There are two major concerns regarding the use of hydrocodone. These are:-
If any person is suffering from pneumonia, then there is pus and mucus accumulated in the lung and this must be coughed up. But by use of hydrocodone suppression of cough is done which will block the removal of pus and mucus. In case of diarrhea other treatment should be taken because by use of Narcotic cough suppressants water is absorbed by our body and will improve the stool consistency but at the same time it will help in absorption of toxic material as well.
Before the use of hydrocodone following points should be kept in mind:-
It can cause drowsiness so avoid driving and other hazardous activities. Its long use can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
Don’t use alcohol while treatment.