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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Lortab Overview

Lortab Addiction TreatmentLortab contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Both medicines are pain killers. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Lortab is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Lortab contains two different pain medicines: hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic opioid pain reliever. It acts similarly to codeine. Hydrocodone is effective at relieving pain and decreasing coughing, but also causes mood changes, drowsiness, and mental "clouding." In the United States, hydrocodone is only available in combination with other medications; it is not available alone. Acetaminophen (commonly known as "APAP") is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol®. APAP is an acronym for one of the chemical names for acetaminophen. Combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen helps improve the effectiveness of Lortab for relieving pain and may limit the abuse potential of hydrocodone, as the maximum dose of Lortab is usually limited by the acetaminophen content.

Lortab Signs of Abuse

Most healthcare providers that prescribe or dispense this drug watch for certain signs of addiction, such as:

  • Going through Lortab prescriptions too quickly
  • "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain Lortab prescriptions or switching from one provider to another
  • Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation
  • Having a specific "favorite" narcotic drug (such as Lortab), and nothing else will do (or reporting "allergies" to all other alternatives).

Effects of Lortab Abuse

The physical consequences of Lortab abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a narcotic, especially if you are not used to it, can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death. Taking high doses of acetaminophen (one of the components of Lortab) is likely to cause liver failure and death. The emotional and social consequences of Lortab abuse can be equally devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short time.

Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms of Lortab withdrawal can vary in intensity and may include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Sweating and a runny nose
  • Goose bumps
  • Agitation

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