What is in Lortab?

What is in Lortab?

What is in Lortab?

Overview of a dose of Lortab 10 Mg-325 Mg Tablets (Hydrocodone Bitartrate)

Lortab 10 Mg-325 Mg, also known as Hydrocodone Bitartrate, is an oral tablet, combination drug that is made from hydrocodone (an opioid) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). When the two substances are put together it makes a strong pain reliever. It is commonly prescribed in patients who have suffered from an injury, recently had a dental procedure, or a surgery.

Hydrocodone

The opioid hydrocodone works in your brain by making changes to how your body reacts and responds to pain. This drug is usually needed and prescribed to treat a dry cough that is caused by a common cold, or other conditions, diagnosed by a doctor. It works as a cough suppressant, containing an opioid, that works by changing certain parts in the brain which results in stopping the need and urge to cough.

Acetaminophen

Known as ‘Tylenol’ this medicine is used for pain relief and to reduce a fever in your body. It is typically used to treat pain for conditions such as headaches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, backaches, osteoarthritis, cold/flu pains, or fever. There are many different types and brands available and they may vary between different products.

How does Lortab Work?

Lortab 10 Mg-325 Mg oral tablets work by changing specific receptors in the brain. It binds to the opioid receptors in the central nervous system that affect our mood and pain sensations. This causes an increase in dopamine, resulting in a euphoric sensation in the body.

It’s important to take this medicine as directed, to ensure safety and to avoid specific side effects or overdose. There are many brands available which means it’s essential to know exactly what you are taking.

Side Effects of Taking Lortab

The most common side effects of Lortab 10 Mg-325 Mg include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. There is also a potential to overdose on this medicine, if it is not taken properly, for an extended period or above the dose that is recommended by your doctor. Even just taking one dose could cause potential, life-threatening side effects.

Health Risks for Patients who Take Lortab

It’s important to talk with your doctor or physician before taking Lortab, because there could be potential warnings and health risks involved with taking this medicine. Specifically, because it contains an opioid, there could be some dangerous side effects for certain populations.

For elderly patients, it is not recommended to take this drug, due to the chance of decreased renal functioning in older people. It is also not advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to take this medication, for fear of adverse reactions to both them and their unborn child.

Children are more sensitive to this drug and should be watched for breathing or respiratory problems such as slowed or shallow breathing. Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects and experience dizziness, confusion, shallow/slow breathing, or drowsiness.

Who should avoid Lortab?

People with the following health conditions should avoid taking it:

  • Breathing or respiratory problems (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Brain disorders (tumors, head injuries or surgeries)
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • History of you or family member with substance abuse disorder
  • Intestinal/stomach problems (diarrhea, constipation, obstruction)
  • Trouble urinating (enlarged prostate)
  • Mental health disorders (depression, thoughts of suicide)
  • Disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Gall bladder disease

Interactions with Lortab and Other Drugs

If you are taking other medications or drugs in combination with Lortab, it could change the way that this drug works in your body or result in additional, serious side effects.

It’s important to speak with your doctor if you are taking other medications such as cough medicines (oxycodone or codeine), marijuana (cannabis), alcohol, muscle relaxants (cyclobenzaprine, carisoprodol), drugs for anxiety or sleep problems (lorazepam, zolpidem, alprazolam), or antihistamines (diphenhydramine, cetirizine).

Other medications such as macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin), azole antifungals (ketoconazole), HIV medications (ritonavir), or mifepristone.

Addiction to Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone

If you take Lortab according to the prescription and dose, there is a low chance that you will develop an addiction to the drug. The circumstances in which people develop a dependence and/or abuse, happens when you start to use the drug more than directed, or when it is no longer necessary for pain management from an injury or procedure.

When you start taking more than is directed, your body begins to build a tolerance, making it need more of the drug to obtain the same effect. This causes the body to start to crave it and become addicted to the substance.

If you are addicted to Lortab, it’s important to reach out for help. AToN Center is ready to assist you right away. Our qualified, and experienced staff can help to understand the reason behind your addiction, along with helping you find coping strategies to deal with why you are choosing to use drugs.

Getting Help for Your Drug Addiction

Getting help for a drug addiction, can be incredibly challenging, especially if you are not ready to admit that you have a problem. Drug addiction is complicated, and using opioids such as Lortab, can make it more difficult to stop, because it seems as though you are using it to manage your pain.

No matter what your addiction is, there is help available to treat your opioid addiction problem. Our drug and alcohol addiction rehab can help you with your problem and allow you to begin living a healthy life, free from drugs or alcohol.

Addiction Treatment Help at AToN Center

AToN Center is a premier addiction treatment center that specializes in addiction treatment for all types of drugs, including opioids such as Lortab and other substances. We understand the struggle that can occur with opioid use, and we are here to help, every step of the way. Our staff goes through multitudes of training in order to provide the best care possible for you or your loved one during your stay at our clinic. We bring many years of experience and work diligently to provide the most cutting edge and comprehensive treatment for you.

Before you begin detox at our facility, there is a screening process in advance to determine the circumstances of every patient, and what their needs are. Every new patient is screened beforehand to determine the need for detox by intake staff, and then again more thoroughly by both the Program Director or covering psychologist and a consulting Medical Doctor upon admission.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, reach out to one of the caring support coordinators at AToN Center and get the help you need to get clean and remain free from drugs or alcohol.

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