Lortab Drug Facts

 

What is Lortab and how is it used?

Lortab combines a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and cough reliever with a non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.

Lortab when abused is taken orally, chewed, crushed (then snorted like cocaine), or crushed (then dissolved in water and injected like heroin). Lortab is is a combination of Hydrocodone bitartrate and Acetaminophen. Lortab, when used medicinally is given by mouth either in tablet or liquid form.

The side effects of Lortab are:

  • allergic reactions
  • anxiety
  • blood disorders
  • constipation
  • decreased mental and physical capability
  • difficulty urinating
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • fear
  • flushing
  • hearing loss
  • itching
  • mental clouding
  • mood changes
  • nausea / vomiting
  • pinpoint pupils
  • restlessness
  • skin rash
  • slowed breathing
  • sluggishness
  • unusual fatigue or weakness

Other medications that may interact with Lortab are:

  • alcohol
  • antacids
  • cimetidine
  • medicines for seizures
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • warfarin

Because Lortab can cause drowsiness, other medicines that also cause drowsiness may increase this effect of Lortab. Some other medicines that cause drowsiness are:

  • alcohol – containing medicines
  • barbiturates such as Phenobarbital
  • certain antidepressants or tranquilizers
  • certain antihistamines used in cold medicines
  • muscle relaxants

Lortab and addiction:

People become dependent upon Lortab for a feeling of well-being and will often get multiple prescriptions from different doctors to support their habit. Addictive drugs activate the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense, causing the individual to crave the drug and to focus his or her activities around taking the drug. The ability of addictive drugs to strongly activate brain reward mechanisms and their ability to chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems can produce an addiction. Drugs also reduce a person’s level of consciousness, harming the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.

Symptoms of Lortab overdose:

  • bluish skin (fingernails and lips)
  • breathing shallow
  • breathing slow and labored
  • cold and clammy skin
  • coma
  • constipation
  • drowsiness
  • heavy perspiration
  • low blood pressure / slow heartbeat
  • muscle spasticity
  • no breathing
  • pinpoint pupils
  • spasms of the stomach and/or intestinal tract
  • weak pulse
  • vomiting

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