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Hydrocodone - A Powerful Drug & Co-Enzyme Q-10 - Are You Broken?

Hydrocodone – A Powerful Pain Killer

Hydrocodone is an excellent and strong narcotic pain reliever that is frequently prescribed.  It is one drug that also is often sold on the black market.  It is an active ingredient under many drug names, often in combination with other ingredients such as acetaminophen.  Any drug containing hydrocodone should be monitored carefully because hydrocodone is a potentially addictive drug.  When combined with certain other drugs like acetaminophen the effects of hydrocodone could be enhanced and increased. 

Is Hydrocodone Addictive?

Hydrocodone is a drug that not only can be addictive but can cause fatalities when overdosed.  Using this drug also may cause liver damage which is another reason to be careful when taking hydrocodone.  Even under normal dosage hydrocodone may have side effects including drowsiness, impaired reaction time or faulty thinking processes.

The drug is habit forming and should not be taken by anyone with an addiction to alcohol or drinking problem.  Cirrhosis of the liver is one condition that can be worsened by taking this drug.  It is not advisable to drive vehicles while taking hydrocodone or other drugs containing this drug. 

Is it Safe for Everyone?

Women who are pregnant, about to become pregnant or who may be pregnant should avoid taking hydrocodone.  This drug is able to pass through the placenta to the baby and could cause withdrawal symptoms in the baby or breathing problems.  It can be passed along in breast milk. 

What Side Effects Might Hydrocodone Cause?

Hydrocodone is sold under many drug names including Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Zydone, Anexis, Hycet and others.  Inform your doctor if you have any drug allergies, liver or kidney problems, underactive thyroid, and asthma or other breathing disorders.  The drug may also cause intestinal problems and may cause some urine tests to bring up unusual results.  It should be stored securely where no one else may access the drug.  Keep hydrocodone drugs cool and dry.  Do not try to make up for missed doses and do not stop taking hydrocodone suddenly.  Drink plenty of water, 6 to 8 glasses daily, while taking this drug to prevent constipation. 

What are Hydrocodone Overdose Symptoms?

Watch for these symptoms of hydrocodone overdose:   sweating, vomiting, jaundice, muscle weakness, breathing problems, slow heart rate, coma, blue lips, pinpoint pupils, extreme drowsiness and any other signals that are abnormal for the user.   This drug should be avoided by persons with mental illness, adrenal gland disorders, low blood pressure and head or brain injuries.

What is the Typical Adult Dosage?

Follow your doctor or pharmacists instructions carefully. Adult dosage depends on what other product this drug is combined with. Many products contain acetaminophen, which must be limited to between 1 gram (1000 milligrams) per dose and 4 grams (4000 milligrams) daily.  If you are about to have surgery, and are taking drugs containing hydrocodone, be sure to inform your surgeon of that fact.  You may need to stop taking this drug prior to surgery.


As with all prescriptions and even over-the-counter drugs, it is wise and necessary to consult with your private physician regarding possible impact upon your own health.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

Sources for Hydrocodone Information:  (accessed Feb 2011)   PubMed Health (accessed Feb 2011)  Wikipedia (accessed Feb 2011)


Are You Broken Yet?

Being shattered is different from being broken.  Give up trying to “fix” things and allow yourself to be broken.

Some people encountering personal conflict may ask why life always gets in the way when thinking of their plans and dreams.  With a good heart, they try again and again to fix their problems, but fail. Despite all their efforts to solve things, they keep running into that imaginary brick wall and may end up feeling like they are broken.   What is the best way to get past that feeling of being shattered or broken?  Religious believers have an answer that can provide relief.

This solution is derived from an interesting community church sermon that dealt with personal roadblocks.  Being shattered is different than being broken.  While some people feel they are at rock bottom, the real situation may be that they have still not reached the point of being truly broken.  The message involved why people that are feeling quite shattered go around frantically trying to fix things that are wrong or disturbing, without success.

Why We Cannot Fix Things

The reason for this lack of success, according to the sermon by Todd Hudson, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Parker, CO, is that being shattered is still a step above being broken.  The person who is trying to fix things may feel that they are at their wits’ end and broken.  The truth is they are only broken when they are able to give up trying to “fix” things.  Once they give up, religious individuals are able to turn to God for the answers, rather than continuing to try to do it themselves.

What is Broken?

Being broken means hitting that rock bottom place where there is nowhere else to turn but to God.  By doing this, there can be great relief in just turning the situation over and allowing the miracles to work. Step back, give up and give in to the Universe, God or whatever Higher Power a person believes in.  Wait for the answers and relax.  You cannot “fix” things; accept that and sink into the fact that you are broken.  Only this higher power can “fix” things for you.

What Happens Next?

Once broken, the person has nowhere to go but up.  An answer will come, and time will pass.  By allowing oneself to stop trying to “fix” things, that person acknowledges their humanness and frailty.  It is okay to turn problems over to the personal higher power.  Stop, look and listen for the answers; they will come to you.  Everything happens for a reason; it is not up to us to try to figure out or wonder why.  All we need to do is accept that something did happen that hurt and that we are unable to fix.  Think beyond the problem and start living positively again, knowing that in time that problem will be fixed, just not by you.  Everything looks different a few days down the road of time.

Stop Worrying and Live

If you need an example, consider the crucifixion of Christ.  It was an ominous and sad day, but three days later the Light of the World arose from death and the grave.  This is one simple thing to keep in mind when things go bad and you feel yourself plummeting downward into despair.  Being shattered is not good, but you will not pass beyond shattered until you accept that you are broken. Being happy may not be the end-all goal that the higher power has in mind for a person.  Perhaps discipline and being holy is the goal, and the roadblocks actually are road signs or detours along the way to that end.  Accept the fact that whatever happened was allowed to happen; turn it over to God, the Universe or that Higher Power to fix.  Stop worrying and begin to live again.

Quote from this sermon:  “Darkness lasts through the night, but joy comes in the morning.”

Sources: “The Best Gifts You Never Wanted: Trials,” by Todd Hudson.  Accessed June 2011. John 8:12 King James Version.  Accessed June 2011.


 Co-Enzyme Q-10 – Is CoQ-10 a Miracle Supplement

Some researchers are calling Co-Enzyme Q-10, also known as CoQ10 or Q-10, a miracle supplement.  Whether or not this is true remains to be seen, but there are very interesting findings about this substance that have received recent publicity.  Sales of this dietary supplement have increased in recent years, and many clinical studies are underway at prestigious institutions, including The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN.

What is Co-Enzyme Q-10?

Scientifically, this substance is found in the quinine (Q) group of chemicals.  The 10 denotes that it contains ten chemical subunits of isoprenyl. Other scientific names for Co-Enzyme Q-10 substance are ubiquinone and ubidecarenone. It is a naturally occurring substance that is present in the mitochondria of eukaryotic cells in the human body, but levels of Q-10 decrease with aging, which may be partly responsible for the occurrence of some diseases related to aging.

CoQ10 is found in many foods naturally, including meats, nuts, fruits, vegetables and some dairy products.  Organ meats contain higher levels of Q10, as would be expected, because of their requirements of high energy cellular action and high levels of Q10.   

What does Co-Enzyme Q-10 do in the human body?

Q-10 is an antioxidant that has a major function of transporting electrons.  It is an energy producer that works just like 95% of other energy producers in the human body function.  As an energy producer, Q-10 generates energy as adenosine triphosphate (ATP).  High energy is required in the human body by organs that are excessively active, like the heart, liver and kidneys.  These organs contain high concentrations of CoQ10. 

The body takes in new Q-10 from foods in a normal diet, mainly from meat.  However, the body only accepts between 3 and 6 mg from food that is eaten.  Recommended amounts of Q-10 are higher, from 10 to 30 mg, or even more with a doctor’s prescription of 200 to 3000 mg daily.  Absorption of Co-Enzyme Q-10 by the gastrointestinal tract is difficult, and dietary supplements containing Q-10 work best in soft gel capsule form that uses soybean oil.  Taking larger doses than recommended has an inverse absorption effect.

Who discovered Q-10?

In 1957, this substance was discovered by Professor Fredrick L. Crane, University of Wisconsin-Madison Enzyme Institute.  The actual chemical structure was reported in 1958 at Merck Industries, by Dr. Karl Folkers and coworkers.  Peter D. Mitchell, Ph.D., was the person that discovered Q-10 was able to produce energy at the cellular level.  A Nobel Chemistry Prize was awarded to Dr. Mitchell for this discovery in 1978.

How is it now used in medicine?

Much of the research and use of Co-Enzyme Q-10 has involved the heart muscle and how this substance works when concentrated in this active muscle. Japanese researchers became aware in the mid 1960s that CoQ10 was mainly concentrated in the heart muscle.  Later, in the 1980, CoQ10 was studied as a method for treating heart failure.

Since the 1980s, Q-10 has been used to treat heart disease in Europe and in Japan.  Clinical studies into the use of Co-Enzyme Q-10 for heart disease and other ailments are currently being conducted.  Large dose treatment (300mg to 3000 mg daily over one year) is appearing to help persons that have a hereditary disorder called ataxia.  This is also known as spinocerebellar ataxia and symptoms include balance problems, difficulty with coordination, inability to walk, seizures, problems with speech and muscle weakness.  During studies of these patients, it was found that their levels of CoQ10 were low.  After taking the very high dosages of Q10, their mobility improved.  Patients could now walk with assistance from mobility devices.

What potential does Q-10 show for disease treatment or prevention?

Recent news headlines from 2006 through 2009 include claims that CoQ10 was effective for the following diseases and physical problems:  migraines, cardiovascular health, energy improvement, heart health, cancer therapy.  In July, 2010, Doctor Oz, of television fame, discussed improvement of muscle performance due to using Q10 as a supplement.

The potential list of diseases that might be helped by this substance is very lengthy.  It ranges from age-related diseases like macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, gum disease, heart attack, HIV/AIDS, kidney failure, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer, and others. 

There are no known side effects from taking supplements of CoQ10.  Like any drug or supplement, Co-Enzyme Q-10 intake should be under the watchful eye of your doctor.  Dosages vary, and while over-the-counter doses may be fine for healthy persons, using Q-10 to fight severe disease may require high dose levels that can only be obtained through a physician’s recommendation.  There are some interactions with statins and beta blockers.  Since this substance is an antioxidant, use of it may indeed help prevent and treat many diseases in the human body.

Is Co-Enzyme Q-10 or Q-10 a miracle supplement?

The main barrier to calling Co-Enzyme Q10 a miracle supplement is that there have not been enough conclusive clinical studies of this substance.  That may change as current trials are completed.  There is an inverse relationship between aging in the body and levels of CoQ10.  With age, levels of Q-10 decrease.  Since it is known to provide cellular energy, boosting levels of CoQ10 should be helpful and may treat or prevent many diseases.  If this proves to be factual, then Co-Enzyme Q-10 would qualify as a miracle supplement.

As with all prescriptions and even over-the-counter drugs, it is wise and necessary to consult with your private physician regarding possible impact upon your own health.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.


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