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2172 Pill: This tablet has these numbers imprinted on them. It is a combination prescription painkiller. It contains the opioid hydrocodone and the non-opioid, analgesic acetaminophen.
- It is used in treating moderate to severe pain.
- Each tablet contains 5 milligrams of hydrocodone and 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.
- Actavis Pharma is the manufacturer of this medication.
Similar to other opioids, such as morphine or heroin, hydrocodone connects to proteins in the brain and spinal cord. They are called opioid receptors that alter the body’s physical and emotional response to pain.
Acetaminophen, most commonly sold under the over-the counter brand name Tylenol, is effective for mild pain resulting from body-aches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, headaches and other physical ailments. It can also be useful in reducing an illness-related fever.
There are several recognizable brand names this type of medication is sold under, including some of the following:
Used as prescribed, this tablet is considered safe for short periods of time. It should not be taken by pregnant woman or by children under the age of 6 due to potential side effects. There are also other concerns, so always talk with your doctor.
Though it is a generic narcotic pain reliever, this drug is only available by prescription and should not be taken unless prescribed by a doctor. While taking the medication, avoid combining the drug with other substances, such as alcohol, which will increase the likelihood of dangerous side effects.
2172 Pill Abuse
This drug is a schedule 2 narcotic under the Controlled Substance Act, which means the federal Drug Enforcement Agency considers hydrocodone-acetaminophen acceptable in certain medical situations. The Drug Enforcement Administration changed the schedule of hydrocodone combination products from schedule III to schedule II on October 6, 2014.
- If misused, abused or taken for too long, hydrocodone can be habit forming.
- There is a strong potential for abuse or addiction.
Opioid pain medications like hydrocodone not only effect the body’s ability to feel pain, but can also cause feelings of euphoria in patients, especially when abused or used in combination with other substances, such as alcohol.
It is extremely easy to get addicted because with opioids, the body builds a tolerance to the medication very quickly. As a result, a person has to increase their dosage to achieve the same pain-relieving or euphoric results, which can lead to a cycle of abuse and addiction.
Symptoms of dependency to hydrocodone-acetaminophen, can include some of the following:
- Scheduling activities around being able to take the medication
- Fear of being able to stop taking hydrocodone
- Taking the medication even when there’s no longer a legitimate medical need
- Lying to doctors or health care professionals in order to get more of the medication
After just several weeks, a physical addiction to opioids can develop. This can make it even more difficult to stop taking drugs like hydrocodone. Painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms are more likely to become more acute.
Withdrawal from opioids, while not usually life-threatening, is very unpleasant. Fear of withdrawal is why many users continue to take opioids. In the case of addiction, it’s always best to ease off the medication under the care of a physician. Going “cold turkey” may result in some of the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold, clammy skin to the touch
- Headaches, dizziness or lightheadedness
- Shallow, slow breathing
- Blurred vision, confusion and ringing ears
- Potential seizures
- Anxiety and depression
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