What Is Lortab?
Lortab has been surrounded by controversy for quite some time but many individuals only have scant details about what it really is. Lortab is a prescription drug which is used in the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain.
However, even though Lortab is approved for pain relief, it is imperative that the usage of the drug is controlled and monitored; there are specific laws and regulations that control how it is prescribed and sold.
Lortab contains two different ingredients; hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen also called APAP and is used to relieve pain and reduce fever. APAP is mainly used in non-prescription medications including Tylenol.
Hydrocodone is also very effective as a pain reliever and as a treatment for coughs; however as an opioid or semi-synthetic narcotic pain reliever it is also known to have unpleasant effects which include mental disorientation, mood swings, dizziness and drowsiness.
When both drugs are combined the effectiveness of Lortab is improved and allows pain to be relieved while the acetaminophen content reduces the abuse potential by limiting the dosage.
Lortab is prescribed either as a tablet or an elixir and it can be taken on a scheduled basis or as and when needed. If prescribed on an as and when needed basis, the drug would only be taken when pain relief was necessary whereas if it has been prescribed on a schedule you would take it when instructed to do so whether or not you are in pain. Lortab is usually prescribed on an as and when needed basis.
It is imperative that Lortab is only taken in accordance to the prescription and any alteration or stoppage should be discussed with a doctor to enable them to advise you accordingly. Lortab should also be taken at the same time as food in order to reduce or prevent the risk of a stomach upset.
Specific prescriptions will vary between patients and the doctor will consider several factors including what other health conditions and medication they are already taking, their weight and the potential responses.
Widespread abuse of Lortab products is currently very prevalent due to its relatively low cost and widespread availability. However, it is difficult to differentiate between abuse of the drug and a physical dependence. Despite it being a prescription drug, many people obtain Lortab from illegal sources. The drug can result in side effects such as nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, constipation, light headedness and dizziness.