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What is Lortab?

Lortab is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, usually used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

What should you know before taking Lortab?

Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to hydrocodone or acetaminophen.

Do not use this medicine if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, MAOIs, or any other narcotic medication.

Tell your doctor before starting Lortab if you have diabetes, liver disease, if you consume more than three drinks a day, kidney disease, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, bowel obstruction, colostomy or ileostomy, history of brain tumor or stroke, breathing disorders, asthma, or other health conditions.

Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant, intend to get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. Consult your doctor first.

Don't share this medicine with anyone else, especially with people who have a history of drug abuse and addiction. Don't take more than your doctor prescribed.

Lortab Dosage

Take Lortab exactly as your doctor prescribed it. Never take more than prescribed, or for a longer period.

While taking Lortab drink at least eight glasses of water a day to help you with the constipation symptoms.

Lortab is usually taken when needed. Don't use it when you don't need it. You will probably not be on a schedule, but if you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed one and continue as normal on your schedule. Never take a double dose to compensate for the one you missed. If you overdose with Lortab, seek medical help immediately.

Lortab Side Effects

If you have any allergic reaction to Lortab seek emergency medical help. Symptoms of an allergic reaction are difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your face, tongue or throat.

Rarely, acetaminophen can cause skin reactions than can be fatal. If you notice any changes in your skin, like redness or rush that spreads to your body and cause blistering and peeling of the skin seek emergency medical help. This can happen even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past. After this reaction, you should never take any medicine that contains acetaminophen. It will be fatal for you.

Side effects of Lortab are:

  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions

Lortab Abuse

Lortab is classified as a narcotic and can be addictive when abused. The withdrawal symptoms associated with an overdose can be devastating. Healing from a Lortab addiction can be a very painful experience.

Most people get addicted to Lortab without knowing. Some of them feel that the prescription is not helping them to relieve the pain, so they take more than prescribed. When they want to quit taking the medicine, they realize that they can't because their body becomes immune to the drug. With time patients need a larger dose to achieve the effect of the medication. Eventually the situation gets out of control.

Lortab Withdrawal

The withdrawal period varies from the time and the amount of the medicine you have been taking.

Quitting Lortab Cold Turkey

First of all, if you decide to quit Lortab cold turkey you should be in good health and have a strong will to do it. It is not a safe way, and also not an easy one. The degree and length of cold turkey Lortab withdrawal fluctuates depending on the dose you were taking.

Symptoms of cold turkey withdrawal can include chills, confusion, convulsions, diarrhea, mood changes, sleep disturbance, sweating, general ill feeling, stomach pain, and a strong drug craving.

The risks of cold turkey withdrawal are confusion, hallucinations, seizures, tremor, coma, increased blood pressure and heart rate, uncontrollable mood, and relapse due to inability to handle the pain.

Instead of going cold turkey you could try with tapering. Tapering helps you quit Lortab over an extended period of time, by decreasing the dose you take gradually. It is a more safe and easy way, but it will take some time.

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