Duodin is a semisynthetic opioid also known as hydrocodone. This substance is made from one or more alkaloids such as Thebaine which is codeine methyl enol ether. Duodin works to suppress cough and block nerve cells in the brain that register pain. It is usually combined with less powerful compounds like acetaminophen and ibuprophen. Acetaminophen is an analgesic painkiller commonly sold under the trade name Tylenol. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory agent that also contains analgesic and antipyretic properties that help to reduce fever. When combined these substances are administered to patients in tablet, capsule and liquid form.

Street names

Because this drug is so addiction, it is important to recognize the street names for Duodin which are:

  • Vikes
  • Viko
  • Hydro
  • Norco

Acetaminophen and Duodin (hydrocodone) combinations are sold under the following brand names:

  • Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP,
  • Lortab, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus,
  • Norco,
  • Zydone,
  • Maxidone,
  • Stagesic,
  • Verdrocet,
  • Xodol,
  • Zamicet,
  • Zolvit

Brand names for ibuprophen and Duodin (hydrocodone) combination includes:

  • Ibudone,
  • Reprexain
  • Vicoprofen

These drug combinations are used to treat varying degrees of pain and conditions that are accompanied by coughing, inflammation and fever. When taken in moderation these compounds provide effective pain relief. However, if abused the euphoric effects of Duodin (hydrocodone) will most likely be experienced. If abuse continues, tolerance levels will build which, if left unchecked, can lead to dependence and addiction.

Drug Classification

As of October 6, 2014, all products containing Duodin (Hydrocodone) has been classified as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Due to concerns regarding the high incidence of abuse and drug overdose in 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee recommended the reclassification from a Schedule III to a Schedule II designation.This new classification indicate that despite the medicinal benefits of these formulations, they are subject to abuse and addiction due to the presence of Duodin. As such, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responsible for ensuring that the stipulated annual manufacture of this drug is not exceeded.

Use and Abuse

Treatments containing Duodin is commonly available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form. Unless tablets are water soluble, they typically take a longer time to digest than a capsule or liquid. This allows the drug to gradually assimilation into the body.Tablets can also be cut in two so that the dosage can be minimized and are often designed in such a way as to facilitate this process.Tablets are usually crushed and snorted by those wanting to get immediate euphoric effects of the drug.

Capsules are usually dissolvable gelatin containers for a powder or jelly. Their main advantage is that they are easier to swallow and they normally break down faster in the stomach. This also means that the drug enters the blood stream much faster than it would in tablet form. Drug overdose with capsules tend to occur faster because of this process.

Liquids, as an oral administration for Duodin result in an ever faster assimilation than tablets and capsule because it goes direction into the blood stream. Abusers have also been known to drink up to three or four bottles of liquid used to treat cold symptoms in order to achieve the high they seek.

Duodin Overdose

Signs of a Duodin overdose is usually result in multiple adverse effects because of the acetaminophen that is combined with the drug. On their own, abuse of these substances can cause any number of reactions. When combined the adverse effects can increase exponentially. As such, a Duodin overdose can present as both an opiate and an acetaminophen toxicity.

The most common signs and symptoms of a Duodin overdose includes:

  • Respiratory complications that can result in death
  • Constriction of the pupils
  • Ventricular arrhythmias
  • Altered mental states
  • Seizures
  • Accelerated liver failure.
  • Excessive vomiting

Severe side effects or allergic reactions to Duodin that may necessitate emergency medical attention include:

  • Shallow breaths or Difficulty breathing
  • Chest Pains or tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, tongue and lips, throat
  • Loss in hearing
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Blistered or peeling skin
  • Trouble urinating


The primary treatment for Duodin addiction and overdose may require the immediate administration of an opioid antagonist to reverse the effects of Duodin on the respiratory system as well as intubation and ventilation, the administration of IV fluids or GI decontamination. Once the patient is stabilized, a process of detoxification to eliminate accumulated toxins from the body may be necessary. Additional treatment that support Duodin addiction recovery includes a customized, comprehensive rehabilitation program.

If you or a loved one is addicted to Duodin or any hydrocodone product, it is important to seek treatment immediately. This drug has a high mortality rate due to recreational use and drug overdose Dependency to this drug is developed quickly and easily segue into addiction. Once addicted, the effects can be devastating. If you are interested in receiving information on treatment for this or any substances of abuse call our Drug Rehab Treatment Centers today at 877-855-3470.