Panacet is a brand name for a combination form of hydrocodone and acetaminophen prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain signals in the brain, and by causing the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. This leads to a sense of calm and well-being that can protect the body from shock.
If Panacet is taken in high doses, and/or by snorting or injecting, however, the drug causes euphoria, and is quite easily addictive. You must only take Panacet by prescription, and only as directed by your doctor.
If you or someone you love is addicted to Panacet, call 800 774 5796(Who Answers?) now, and let us connect you with the right substance abuse care for your needs.
Understanding Panacet Abuse
Panacet contains the opiate narcotic hydrocodone, which according to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s fact sheet, “is the most frequently prescribed opioid in the United States and is associated with more drug abuse and diversion than any other licit or illicit opioid.”
Hydrocodone relieves pain by binding itself to opioid receptors in the brain, blocking pain signals and stimulating the release of dopamine. Usually, we experience this neurotransmitter in small, measured amounts. The rapid, unnatural release of dopamine that occurs when you abuse Panacet creates a euphoric rush and a pleasant sedation that some users find irresistible from the start.
This is why the FDA classifies the drug is a Schedule II controlled substance. It is highly addictive with a high potential for abuse and criminal diversion.
Even when taking Panacet as directed, you can potentially become addicted, although it is unlikely.
Signs and Symptoms of Panacet Abuse
Opioids are popular drugs of abuse, and when taken at high doses, are extremely habit-forming. Hydrocodone is the most commonly prescribed and widely abused opiate in the marketplace. Addiction to drugs like Panacet is widespread.
Secrecy is central to most addicts’ patterns of behavior. Nevertheless, they may exhibit signs of addiction that you can spot if you know what to look for.
Addicts with a prescription will run out of pills before a refill is due, and exhibit a great deal of distress over obtaining more pills. They may self-harm or even admit fake injuries and then go to emergency rooms to get more drugs. They may “doctor-shop,” or visit multiple pain clinics for new prescriptions.
Many addicts begin to neglect their appearance and hygiene. They may appear intoxicated without drinking, or seem unusually drowsy or “spacey.” Mood swings are common, as is irritability, nervousness, and apathy, which may not always correspond to the situation at hand.
Eating and sleeping habits are likely to change, and addicts often withdraw from family and friends. Hobbies, activities and events they were once passionate about may no longer hold their interest.
Dangers of Panacet Abuse
Tolerance develops easily with continued use of Panacet, which forces the user to take more of the drug more often, just to feel the same effects. Taking large amounts of Panacet will increase your risk of dangerous medical complications. For example, large amounts of opiates can suppress respiration to the point of death.
Hydrocodone combination products like Panacet can cause a wide range of adverse effects, even when taken as directed. Addictive behavior, such as snorting or injecting the drug, makes these effects more likely to occur, and more intense.
MedlinePlus instructs you to tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- fuzzy thinking
- abnormally happy or abnormally sad mood
- dry throat
- difficulty urinating
- rash or itching
- narrowing of the pupils
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
- slowed or irregular breathing
- fast heartbeat
- severe muscle stiffness or twitching
- loss of coordination
- nausea, vomiting
- loss of appetite
- inability to get or keep an erection
- irregular menstruation
- decreased sexual desire
- chest tightness
Who Abuses Panacet?
You may believe that you are not the kind of person who becomes an addict. You may have stereotypical ideas of what an addict looks like or acts like, and this allows you to stay in denial because these preconceptions don’t reflect how you see yourself.
The truth is, sometimes addicts look just like everyone else. Addiction always has a negative impact, but this impact is not always obvious or immediate. Sometimes people are able to use in secret, undetected, for quite a while. But whether consequences appear quickly or slowly, there will always be consequences. Job loss, damaged relationships, and trouble with the police could occur at any time, exposing the addiction.
Perhaps you live in fear of this kind of exposure, but know that it would be better to be exposed earlier, than after a fatal overdose, when it’s too late to get help.
When used responsibly to treat pain, Panacet can aid your healing during illness or recovery from surgery or injury. But overuse and abuse of Panacet will lead to addiction, which has heartbreaking consequences for the addict, their loved ones, and even their communities.
Your addiction most likely feels outside of your control. Like most opioids, Panacet produces euphoria, sedation, and alters the perception of painful stimuli. These effects can be dangerously tempting. Also, withdrawing from opioids is both physically and emotionally painful, which makes you unlikely to quit once you become physically addicted.
According to MedlinePlus, the following are all possible symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
Early symptoms include:
- muscle aches
- increased tearing
- runny nose
Late symptoms include:
- abdominal cramping
- dilated pupils
- goose bumps
Am I Addicted to Panacet?
Deciding whether you are addicted to Panacet requires you to be completely honest with yourself. Consider the following statements from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. You may have a problem if at least two of these issues occur within a 12-month period:
- You often take larger amounts of the drug over a longer period of time than you intended.
- You want to cut down or quit, but haven’t been successful.
- You spend a good deal of time getting the drug, using the drug or recovering from the effects of the drug.
- You have intense urges for the drug that block out any other thoughts.
- You aren’t meeting obligations and responsibilities because of your substance use.
- You keep using the drug, even though you know it’s causing problems in your life.
- You give up or cut back important social, occupational or recreational activities because of your substance use.
- You use the substance in situations that may be unsafe, such as when driving or operating machinery.
- You use the substance even though you know it’s causing you physical or psychological harm.
- You develop tolerance, which means that the drug has less and less effect on you and you need more of the drug to get the same effect.
- You have physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug, or you take the drug (or a similar drug) to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
If you have a problem, we can help. Call 800 774 5796(Who Answers?) now, and our advisors will direct you to the right forms of treatment for your needs and goals.
Panacet Addiction Treatment
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. The NIDA explains that “repeated drug use changes the brain, including parts of the brain that enable you to exert self-control.”
There is no shame in needing professional help to overcome drug abuse. Everyone does. You are not alone, and help is within reach.
To beat drug abuse, you must naturally give up drugs—but the process isn’t as simple as it sounds, as you likely already know from experience. Physical addiction is real, and withdrawing from a hydrocodone product like Panacet can be challenging.
Detoxing with the help of medical professionals is preferable, because there are medications and techniques that can be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms as you are gradually weaned off the drug, keeping you more comfortable as your mind and body begins to heal.
Treatment programs for drug and alcohol abuse usually offer:
- Various levels of care that are determined according to your individual needs, such as residential, inpatient, and outpatient programs
- Individual, group and/or family counseling sessions to uncover and treat mental health and interpersonal issues that contribute to your substance abuse
- Education and training to help you understand your addiction, and to prevent relapse
Addiction is a chronic brain disease, but with help, you can break free and rebuild a better life.