When used improperly, for recreational reasons, it treats differently.
Usually used with alcohol or another type of pill being misused like Xanax.
It gives an euphoric sense of feeling when used this way.
Either way people use it, it gets the job done.
When used recreationally, hydrocodone produces effects very similar to morphine, heroin, and oxycodone. Intensity is slightly lower than morphine or heroin because these two drugs are generally administered intravenously.
Contrary to popular belief, hydrocodone is actually a very addictive drug when misused. When used under medical settings exactly as prescibed, most users of hydrocodone do not become addicted to the drug. But many other people can go doctor shopping to obtain this drug and use it for their own recreational use.
When people withdrawal from this drug whether they are addicted or just dependent(dependence just means the user's body responds negatively to the absense of the drug, but not necessarily addicted) on it, the person will be overcome by a feeling of a bad case of the flu, unless the person seeks methadone or buprenorphine replacement therapy. Withdrawal symptoms generally include, insomnia, shakes, chills, anxiety, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, restless leg syndrome, and goosebumps. Withdrawal symptoms begin shortly before the next dosing time, and continue for 72 hours, increasing in intensity, then after the 72 hour peak, the symptoms drastically recede. Usually after a week, all physical withdrawal symptoms end. Usually, an addicted person who was using the drug for recreational purposes only, will have a protracted phase of withdrawal that is only psychological which can last around 6 months. During these 6 months, the ex-user will feel compelled to use the drug again, talk about the drug a lot, and have a strong desire to use, despite the fact they have no physical withdrawal symptoms. Usually after 6 months of abstinence from hydrocodone, the user will have almost no phsychological withdrawal symptoms.
This is the point in which I was addicted. I started stealing pills, buying them off the street, because if I didn't have them, I would be in the worst pain of my life. I did this for about a year until I was taking about 18 of these pills at a time. I thought I was dying the last time I used because I puked a river. So I went through the withdrawal which was hell.
Today I still feel a desire to use the drug, despite the fact that my liver may be shot, and all the negative things that happened.
I can give you two words of advice, if you are in severe pain and need this drug, use it for your pain. If you are looking to get high, DO NOT use this drug, stick to something like weed.
ACETAMINOPHEN-HYDROCODONE (Lortab®, Lorcet®, Vicodin®, and others) is a combination of two different types of pain medicine and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Federal law prohibits the transfer of acetaminophen-hydrocodone to any person other than the patient for whom it was prescribed. Generic acetaminophen-hydrocodone tablets and capsules are available. Acetaminophen-hydrocodone is also available as caplets.
Side effects include lasting forever during sex, being damn good at video games and the ability to get wasted with a single alcoholic drink.