What is Lortab?
Lortab is the trade name for a drug containing acetaminophen and hydrocodone, a narcotic pain reliever. Acetaminophen increases the effects of oxycodone, making Lortab an effective medical tool when used properly for pain relief. An opioid similar to morphine or codeine, hydrocodone and medicines containing hydrocodone are available legally only with a prescription.
With its widespread availability, Lortab is a commonly abused prescription drug. Like other narcotic drugs, Lortab can be physically and emotionally addictive. Because of its narcotic nature, it blocks the pain sensors in the brain and can cause feelings of euphoria and an exaggerated sense of well-being. As the body gains a tolerance for the drug, increasing amounts must be taken to achieve the same effect. Often, a person will have absolutely no history of drug abuse, yet once prescribed Lortab, they become addicted within a period of just several weeks. People with a severe Lortab addiction will seek out doctor after doctor to find a way to feed their addiction problem. There is help available, and it is only a phone call away!
Dangers of Lortab addiction
Because it is a prescription drug, many people view Lortab as “safe” to take. Under a doctor’s supervision and taken according to medical guidelines, it is. Long duration of use, though, may cause a person to become addicted. Abusing the drug by taking it in excess, or in combination with other drugs (such as alcohol), can lead to devastating physical consequences, including death.
Lortab abuse can lead to loss of consciousness, dizziness, severe depression, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, skin rash, slowed respiration, light-headedness, nausea and drowsiness. A 2007 study from the Centers for Disease Control reported that overdose of acetaminophen – one of the ingredients in Lortab – was the leading cause of liver failure in the United States.
In addition to the physical consequences, Lortab addiction can lead to a variety of other issues. Financial and legal difficulties, troubled personal relationships, employment issues, and psychological and emotional problems can destroy the life of the individual who abuses Lortab.
Withdrawal from Lortab
Because of its addictive nature, medical professionals recommend the gradual tapering of Lortab doses in their patients who have used the drug for more than a few weeks, and who no longer require it for therapy. Otherwise, patients may suffer severe effects from withdrawal.
For those who have developed an addiction, the severity of Lortab withdrawal depends on the amount taken, and the duration of the abuse. These effects include sweating, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, bone pain, diarrhea, seizures and convulsions. Other symptoms that can occur include: anxiety, fever, flu-like symptoms, insomnia, runny nose and muscle pain.
An addict needs to seek professional and medical assistance before attempting to withdraw from the drug. A medical detoxification program offers the best hope for success for the person who wants to beat this addiction. A reputable Lortab rehab program offered by Transformations Treatment Center will address all the issues that a Lortab addict must face to beat addiction. At TTC, the addict will be trained to recognize triggers, relearn behavior to avoid participating in drug use, and be provided with various other tools to beat addiction.
If you or someone you love is facing a Lortab addiction, help is available. Please contact Transformations Treatment Center admissions office at (866) 211-5538 today.