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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Generic hydrocodone

Someone had asked me (in comments of my last post) if anyone understands the term, generic hydrocodone. It is linked to some website, and when i tried clicking on the linked, the infamous, cursing and swearing initiator, code popped up. It read 404-file not found.

Before i continue, please bear in mind that i majored in Genetics, the DNA thingy, not pharmology nor chemistry. But i don't mind doing a small search, even it's just a add on knowledge for me.

Anyway, lets skip the word "generic", and concentrate on the hydrocodone.

Information is based on this website

Let me summerise.

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two of the naturally occurring opiates, codeine and thebaine. Hydrocodone is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive.

It is basically a painkiller by reacting to some receptors in the brain/spinal cord. Add it to alcohol, and you will sleep like a log. Pregnant ladies, please do not consume it, because what ever effects on the fetus is unknown. Hey, you can even get addicted to it. So, i guess, its a controlled drug. There may have numerous side-effects too.

Its Systematic (IUPAC) name:
4,5a-Epoxy-3-methoxy-17-methylmorphinan-6-one tartrate (1:1) hydrate (2:5)

Chemical data:
Formula :C18H21NO3
Mol. weight: 299.368

Molecular structure of a hydrocodone.

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