Lortab is a prescription pain reliever that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a a narcotic or opioid that’s available by prescription only. Acetaminophen is the over-the-counter pain reliever sold under the brand name Tylenol, among others. The two drugs (Acetaminophen & Hydrocodone) work together well to provide pain relief, with acetaminophen’s effects magnified when it’s paired with hydrocodone. Acetaminophen, which is also known as paracetamol in some countries, also helps reduce fever and inflammation. It’s available in tablet, elixir and solution form to be taken orally.
According to the U.S. government;
- The combination of hydrocodone & acetaminophen was approved in 1983
- Hydrocodone containing products are the most frequently prescribed opioids in the U.S.
- The combination of hydrocodone & acetaminophen are the most popular hydrocodone product
- The U.S. accounts for 99% of all hydrocodone prescriptions worldwide
- Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic opioid medication, derived from codeine
- Hydrocodone was developed in the early 1920s and approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 1943
How Lortab Works
Lortab works by attaching to neurons in your brain and blocking the pain signals being sent from your body. By doing this, it fools your brain into thinking that you’re not experiencing pain. Lortab is identical to hydrocodone & acetaminophen combinations sold under several other well-known brand names, including;
Side Effects of Lortab Use and Abuse
Abuse and even use of Lortab can result in a variety of physical side effects, including hearing loss, stomach pain, dizziness, constipation, dry mouth, slowed heart rate, and constricted pupils. Other physical symptoms include hyperventilation, jaundice, weakness, chills, and muscle twitching. Lortab use can also produce various mental side effects, including confusion, anxiety, nervousness, hallucination, and paranoia.
Because Lortab use slows breathing, an overdose can be fatal. Heart failure and respiratory failure are both possible. It might seem as if the acetaminophen component of Lortab is fairly safe, but when taken in extreme amounts, that acetaminophen can also cause liver failure, especially when the drug is consumed with alcohol.
A person who is dependent on Lortab may also show behavioral symptoms, including deceitfulness, financial problems, mood changes, extreme volatility, and withdrawal from social activities and even work responsibilities.
Because Lortab is a narcotic, it should not be taken with other opioids. It should also not be taken with cough relievers such as codeine, or with drugs taken for anxiety or sleep, including lorazepam and alprazolam. Avoid taking Lortab as well with alcohol, marijuana, antihistamines, and muscle relaxants. In all these cases, the risk of severe drowsiness, extreme dizziness, and slowed breathing is greatly increased; all these side effects can be quite serious.
Lortab also reacts badly with some antibiotics (including erythromycin and the other -mycin drugs), HIV medications, some antifungal medications, and medications used to treat seizures.
Lortab is prescribed in pills of 5mm, 7.5mm, and 10mm. The 7.5mm pills are 50 percent stronger than the 5mm pills, and the 10mm pills are twice as strong as the 5mm pills. Doctors base their prescriptions on each patient’s age and weight, as well as the severity of the condition being treated.
The maximum recommended daily dosage of Lortab is 4 grams. Taking more than this, even only one time, can result in severe overdose symptoms.
Lortab has several street names, including;
Lortab is one of the most abused drugs in the United States. As a narcotic, it’s highly addictive, and it’s easy to become dependent on it even if you have no intention to do so. Because Lortab is considered a highly addictive drug, it’s easy for the body to become tolerant to it. When this occurs, you need more of the drug to achieve the same painkilling effect. As a result, people can easily find themselves overdosing without having intended to do so.
Lortab overdose symptoms may include:
- Slow heartbeat
- Cardiac arrest (heart attack)
- Respiratory depression (slow or shallow breathing)
- Dark urine
- Cold or clammy skin
- Extreme drowsiness
- Unconsciousness or coma
- Low blood pressure
- Yellowed eyes or skin
- Nausea or vomiting
Any and all of these symptoms should be taken seriously, because a single Lortab overdose can result in permanent brain damage or possibly even in death. If you or anyone you know has taken a large amount of Lortab, immediate emergency medical treatment is crucial.
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