Hydrocodone Prices | Hydrocodone Costs In Ohio

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on December 6, 2022
Fikret Terzic

Written by: Fikret Terzic MD, MS

Hydrocodone is a prescription opioid used to treat severe pain. It’s prescribed under the brand names Zohydro and Hysingla. In addition, it’s sometimes combined with the painkiller acetaminophen (also called Tylenol) and prescribed under brand names like Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab.

Like other prescription opioids, hydrocodone is often sold on Ohio’s black market. The drug’s street value differs greatly from its pharmacy price

Hydrocodone Street Prices In Ohio

According to Ohio law enforcement agencies, hydrocodone usually costs between $5 and $25 on the street. The exact price depends on strength and location. 


Hydrocodone comes in two formulations: a tablet and a capsule. Both formulations are available in various strengths ranging from 10 mg to 120 mg. 

Hydrocodone combined with acetaminophen comes in tablet form. It’s available in 5 mg, 7.5 mg, and 10 mg strengths. 

In general, the higher the strength of hydrocodone, the higher the street price. 


Typically, hydrocodone costs more in Ohio’s rural areas and less in the state’s big cities. That’s because cities tend to have higher supplies of hydrocodone, and higher supplies usually lead to lower prices.

Hydrocodone Prescription Costs In Ohio

As with other prescription drug prices, the average price of prescription hydrocodone depends on the amount of pills prescribed. In most cases, the more pills prescribed, the higher the price. 

Another factor that influences the drug’s prescription price is strength. Usually, a standard 30-pill supply of hydrocodone costs:

  • between $260 and $300 for 10 mg
  • between $280 and $300 for 15 mg
  • between $300 and $320 for 20 mg
  • between $300 and $330 for 30 mg
  • between $300 and $350 for 40 mg
  • between $300 and $400 for 50 mg
  • between $400 and $700 for 60 mg
  • between $600 and $900 for 80 mg
  • between $1,000 and $1,200 for 100 mg
  • between $1,200 and $1,300 for 120 mg

A 30-pill supply of hydrocodone combined with acetaminophen usually costs:

  • between $50 and $100 for 5 mg
  • between $80 and $100 for 7.5 mg
  • between $80 and $110 for 10 mg

The drug’s exact price varies from pharmacy to pharmacy. For example, in Ohio, a 30-pill supply of 10 mg hydrocodone typically costs about $265 at CVS Pharmacy, $297 at Giant Eagle Pharmacy, and $371 at Meijer Pharmacy.

Hydrocodone & Insurance

Many insurance and Medicare plans cover some or all of the cost of hydrocodone. Contact your insurance company to determine how much coverage you’ll receive. 

If you don’t have insurance or are underinsured, consider joining a patient assistance program (PAP). These programs help people who lack insurance afford medications. You could also search online for a hydrocodone coupon. 

Hydrocodone Abuse Risks

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies hydrocodone as a Schedule II controlled substance. That means it has a high abuse potential. 

Hydrocodone abuse occurs when you use the drug in a manner not recommended by your prescribing healthcare provider. For example, you might:

  • use it more often than prescribed
  • use higher doses than prescribed
  • use it without a prescription
  • crush the pills and snort them

Like other forms of prescription drug abuse, hydrocodone abuse can lead to addiction and overdose.

Hydrocodone Addiction

Drug addiction (also called substance use disorder) is a serious disease that makes you feel unable to control your use of a drug. The most common symptoms are tolerance and physical dependence.

Tolerance means that over time, you need higher and higher doses of a drug to feel the desired effects. Physical dependence means your body starts depending on a drug to function normally. If you stop using it you may experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms

Other symptoms of hydrocodone addiction may include:

  • mood swings
  • avoidance of friends and family members
  • loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • loss of motivation
  • sudden decline in personal hygiene

Hydrocodone Overdose

If you use too much hydrocodone, you may experience a life-threatening hydrocodone overdose. Common symptoms include:

  • drowsiness
  • confusion
  • trouble breathing
  • cold, clammy skin
  • bluish lips and/or fingernails
  • nausea and vomiting
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness 

If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek medical advice right away. Also, administer naloxone if you have it. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is a medication that can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. You can get it at most pharmacies without a prescription. 

Other Risks

When you buy hydrocodone on the illicit drug market, you face additional health risks. That’s because some drug dealers lace hydrocodone with other substances, including fentanyl and methamphetamine (meth). 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 100 times stronger than the opiate (natural opioid) morphine. It’s been linked to numerous overdose deaths. Meth is a highly addictive stimulant that can cause brain damage, heart attack, and stroke.

If you or someone you love struggles with hydrocodone, please contact Ohio Recovery Center. Our inpatient addiction treatment programs offer medical detox, mental health counseling, and other evidence-based, inpatient treatments to help you recover from substance abuse for good.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Fentanyl https://www.cdc.gov/opioids/basics/fentanyl.html
  2. Drug Enforcement Administration — Hydrocodone https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/hydrocodone.pdf
  3. Drug Enforcement Administration — Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth https://www.dea.gov/alert/sharp-increase-fake-prescription-pills-containing-fentanyl-and-meth
  4. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Hydrocodone https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a614045.html
  5. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Hydrocodone and acetaminophen overdose https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002670.htm#:~:text=Symptoms%20of%20a%20hydrocodone%20and,Cold%2C%20clammy%20skin

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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