About Lortab

Lortab relieves moderate to severe pain by combining a narcotic painkiller and cough suppressant with a non-narcotic analgesic. The drug is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol), similar to Vicodin, Lorcet, Norco and other brand names, and can be found in tablet, capsule and liquid form.

Lortab Abuse

Lortab abuse occurs when users take larger doses of the drug than prescribed more often than directed, either orally or crushed and snorted or injected. Using Lortab together with alcohol or other drugs can cause organ damage, coma, respiratory problems and even death.

Common side effects of Lortab abuse include:

  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss
  • Itching
  • Mental clouding
  • Restlessness
  • Slowed breathing 

Treating Lortab Addiction

Hydrocodone is an addictive drug that is being used recreationally with more frequency, in large part because of its widespread availability. Like other opiates, Lortab activates the brain’s reward systems, making the user reliant on the drug to feel normal. Individuals who are addicted to Lortab may steal the drug from friends or family, get multiple prescriptions from different doctors or buy from illegal online pharmacies to support their drug habit.

The strong craving for Lortab, combined with the drug’s chemical effect on the brain, can produce both psychological and physical dependence. If a Lortab addict tries to quit using the drug abruptly, they are likely to face withdrawal symptoms such as severe pain, unusual bodily sensations, anxiety, fever and depression. Lortab detox using methadone or Suboxone can ease these symptoms and get the user started on the path to recovery.