The IP115 tablet is a generic hydrocodone-acetaminophen opioid medication. As an analgesic/painkiller, hydrocodone is most commonly used to treat moderate-severe pain. Hydrocodone is the generic name for the active ingredient found in several brand-name drugs, including Lortab®, Norco®, and Vicodin®. Because hydrocodone is an opioid derived from the naturally occurring opiate codeine, it has a high potential for abuse and addiction.
IP109, IP110, and IP115 Tablets
IP109, IP110, and IP115 are capsule-shaped white tablets embossed with various letters and numbers. Each tablet consists of a combination of hydrocodone, a narcotic pain killer, and acetaminophen (e.g., brand name Tylenol®).
All three are intended to relieve moderate-severe pain caused by injury, surgery, or long-standing health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. The blend of hydrocodone and acetaminophen potentiate each other. Together their ability to relieve pain is compounded compared to either hydrocodone or acetaminophen used individually.
Tablets consist of varying levels of hydrocodone, either 5 mg, 7.5 mg, or 10 mg. All three contain 325 mg of acetaminophen, and it is the hydrocodone which is included in different amounts, as follows:
- 5 mg hydrocodone
- 325 mg acetaminophen
- 10 mg hydrocodone
- 325 mg acetaminophen
- 7.5 mg hydrocodone
- 325 mg acetaminophen
What Is the National Drug Code?
The National Drug Code (NDC) is a unique 10-digit, 3-segment number that is a universal identifier for drug products administered to humans in the U.S. All three of these medications contain the addictive drug hydrocodone, and users who take them face the possibility of abuse, dependence, and addiction.
Side effects of use or abuse can include the following:
- Upset stomach
- Difficulty urinating
- Mood swings
- Blurry vision
- Dry mouth
- Slower heart rate
- Weight loss or gain
- Nasal congestion
- Breathing difficulties
- Chest tightness
The misuse of these tablets can impede or halt the ability to breathe and can be habit-forming. They can cause tolerance dependence, addiction, overdose, and death among anyone who misuses them.
Tolerance is a condition characterized by a diminishing of effects related to repeated use. Persons who develop a tolerance will need to use more and more of the drug to experience the desired outcome regarding pain relief and euphoric feelings. Dependence is hallmarked by withdrawal symptoms when a person tries to cut back on or stop using entirely due to the body becoming accustomed to the drug’s continued presence.
Hydrocodone has a lengthy list of potential drug interactions. Other medications may also interact with hydrocodone combination products, and they should not be taken in conjunction with other depressants unless directed by a licensed health provider. It is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II controlled substance, indicating the following:
a) It has a high potential for abuse.
b) It is currently accepted for medical use for treatment in the U.S.
c) If abused, the medication may result in severe psychological or physiological dependence.
Hydrocodone is an opioid, and for this reason, those under the influence of hydrocodone risk becoming deceived by the drug. Indeed, this deceptive effect is one of the most challenging aspects of hydrocodone addiction. A hydrocodone addict prioritizes obtaining and using the substance above all else and reducing the avoidance of addiction’s adverse consequences to a lesser priority.
Symptoms and Signs of Hydrocodone Addiction
Hydrocodone abuse, dependence, and addiction are substance use disorders (SUDs) according to the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). A SUD is diagnosed by a clinician based on eleven criteria, composed of psychological, physical, and behavioral symptoms, ranging in intensity from moderate-severe. For a SUD diagnosis to be considered as a diagnosis, an individual must meet a minimum of two of these criteria within one year. They include the following (paraphrased):
- The individual uses hydrocodone in higher doses or over a more prolonged period than prescribed.
- The person desires to cut back or discontinue hydrocodone use but is unable to do so.
- Significant amounts of time are invested in obtaining hydrocodone and using it to alleviate withdrawal effects.
- The individual experiences recurrent, intense cravings and urges to use hydrocodone.
- The person repeatedly fails to manage other responsibilities due to the prioritization of hydrocodone use.
- Despite causing or worsening tension and problems in relationships, the individual continues using hydrocodone.
- The person disregards other vital areas in life, including work, school, family, or social life, in order to continue using hydrocodone.
- The individual engages in risky behaviors, such as impaired driving or unprotected sex, while under the influence of hydrocodone.
- The person continues using hydrocodone despite it causing or exacerbating psychological or physical illnesses.
- The individual develops a drug tolerance, requiring ever-increasing doses to achieve the desired effect.
- The person develops a chemical dependence that results in withdrawal symptoms manifesting when they discontinue hydrocodone use or decrease the dosage.
Signs of Hydrocodone Overdose
Many hydrocodone overdose signs and symptoms are more pronounced versions of common side effects associated with regular hydrocodone use and may include the following:
- Excessive sweating
- Pinpoint pupils
- Nausea and vomiting
- Profound physical weakness
- Severe drowsiness
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Respiratory arrest
Notably, using hydrocodone while drinking alcohol is known to dramatically increase the potential for acetaminophen toxicity, significantly raising the risk for acetaminophen overdose, liver damage, and death. The same can be said for using excessive amounts of any hydrocodone product that contains acetaminophen. Symptoms associated with an overdose of acetaminophen may not emerge until 12 hours after the last dose and may include the following:
- Appetite loss
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe liver damage
- Acute liver failure
Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction
Hydrocodone addiction is a potentially devastating disease that adversely impacts the person who suffers and those close to him or her. Fortunately, it can be treated effectively using a comprehensive, research-based approach that includes behavioral therapy, individual and group counseling, group support, relapse prevention techniques, art and music therapy, mindfulness meditation, and more.
Just Believe Recovery offers these services in residential/inpatient and intensive outpatient program formats. Our team of medical and mental health staff have expertise in substance abuse and addiction and provide those we treat with the education, resources, and tools they need to achieve sobriety and experience long-lasting recovery.
Following formal treatment, clients can take advantage of our aftercare planning services and alumni activities that foster continuing treatment and peer support, respectively. Graduates of our programs are also encouraged to consider living in a sober living home and engage in continued therapy and group support meetings while transitioning back to their normal lives.