Overview of Lorcet

Lorcet pillLorcet is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone prescribed for the treatment of moderate pain. Considered a Schedule II drug, Lorcet should only be prescribed by a qualified physician and should only be taken exactly as prescribed. Lorcet is typically prescribed on either an “as needed” basis or on a scheduled basis usually every four to six hours to be taken by mouth in tablet, capsule, or liquid form.

How Lorcet Works

The moderate pain that Lorcet treats typically arises when the pain receptors in the brain get a signal that a pain-based event has occurred somewhere in the body. Often this pain message may be caused by inflammation that occurs when the body is responding to either an infection or a wound. The combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone found in Lorcet provides two sources of pain relief. The hydrocodone binds to opiate receptors in the brain to reduce the sensation of pain, while the acetaminophen stops the production of prostaglandins which are released by the body as part of the inflammatory response. Further, hydrocodone stimulates the body’s production of dopamine, giving a person a sense of relaxation and contentment.

Potential Lorcet Abuse

Lorcet should not be taken in large doses or taken continuously for an extended period of time. This level of use can lead to abuse and is potentially damaging; of particular concern is respiratory depression, which could be fatal.

Another concern regarding the abuse of Lorcet is that a person can experience negative side effects with either or both of the individual ingredients (acetaminophen and hydrocodone). Acetaminophen is very toxic to the liver, and long-term abuse can lead to serious liver damage.

Hydrocodone abuse is increasing significantly in the United States. Between the years of 1990 to 2000, there has been a 400% increase of both the sales and production of hydrocodone. According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), hydrocodone products are the most popular drug in the country, and the increase of their distribution has grown by 66% since 2001.

Precautions for Lorcet Use

You should not use Lorcet if any of the following apply to you:

  • A history of drug or alcohol dependence
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Addison’s disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • A head injury
  • An enlarged prostate
  • Lung disease
  • Allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives

Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it can pass through the breast milk and harm a baby.

Lorcet Addiction Help

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