Narcotics are among some of the world’s most frequently abused drugs. This is especially true of medications prescribed for the treatment of pain or even suppressing coughs. Many times, those taking medications are unaware that they are developing a drug addiction. Some develop an addiction in an innocent effort to treat pain by increasing the dose of a drug without consulting their physician. In fact, there is a very thin line between abuse and attempting to control pain.
Norco is actually a synthetic narcotic used in treating pain. It contains a narcotic known as hydrocodone which combines with acetaminophen to enhance the effectiveness of the painkiller. Norco has a structure that is similar to that of opioid drugs and produces effects more or less similar to those of morphine.
Like other opiates or narcotics, Norco has been shown to result in physical as well as psychological dependence, similar to that of morphine. This is especially true when the drugs have been taken for a continued period of time. Note, however, that there are variations in the rate at which individuals become addicted to these substances. Similarly, the symptoms and side effects of the drug will vary among users.
Symptoms and side effects are determined by the amount taken, as well as by the duration over which the substance has been consumed. In addition, the method of administration will have a bearing on the severity of the side effects.
Psychological and physical dependence result in a strong craving for the medication, which leads some users to focus all their attention on obtaining and consuming the drug. Instances where too much time passes without consuming the drug result in harsh withdrawal symptoms. Eventually, users become chemically tolerant to the ingredients of the drug, increasing the doses every now and then, eventually developing an addiction.
Determining whether an individual is addicted to Norco is easy if you know what to look out for. Be on the lookout for such behavioral signs as being detached from loved ones, sexual and emotional apathy, disinterest, lack of drive, indifference and depression.
Observe whether the individual is consuming more of the drug than recommended. This may be accompanied by ‘doctor-shopping,’ meaning that they approach several different physicians in an effort to obtain multiple prescriptions for the drugs.
Norco Addiction Signs
Due to the loss of appetite, the individual may undergo weight loss and experience general body weakness. Many addicted users also experience ringing in their ears. Seeking help early is imperative to prevent the development of potentially fatal symptoms.