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Lortab Overview

Lortab contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Both medicines are pain killers. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Lortab is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Lortab contains two different pain medicines: hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic opioid pain reliever. It acts similarly to codeine. Hydrocodone is effective at relieving pain and decreasing coughing, but also causes mood changes, drowsiness, and mental "clouding." In the United States, hydrocodone is only available in combination with other medications; it is not available alone. Acetaminophen (commonly known as "APAP") is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol®. APAP is an acronym for one of the chemical names for acetaminophen. Combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen helps improve the effectiveness of Lortab for relieving pain and may limit the abuse potential of hydrocodone, as the maximum dose of Lortab is usually limited by the acetaminophen content.

Lortab Abuse Treatment

Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help for Lortab abuse or addiction. He or she will be able to help you deal with this abuse or may suggest other resources for you. Depending on the situation, the first step in treating Lortab addiction may be to slowly decrease the dose and attempt to treat withdrawal symptoms (see Lortab Withdrawal). This process of detoxification could then be followed with one of many behavioral therapies. Contingency management, for example, improves treatment outcomes by enabling people to earn vouchers for drug-free urine tests; the vouchers can be exchanged for items that promote healthy living. Cognitive behavioral therapies, which teach people skills to recognize risky situations, avoid drug use, and cope more effectively with problems, are proving beneficial. Recovery support groups may also be effective in conjunction with behavioral therapy.

Lortab Signs of Abuse

Most healthcare providers that prescribe or dispense this drug watch for certain signs of addiction, such as:

  • Going through Lortab prescriptions too quickly

  • "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain Lortab prescriptions or switching from one provider to another

  • Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation

  • Having a specific "favorite" narcotic drug (such as Lortab), and nothing else will do (or reporting "allergies" to all other alternatives).

Effects of Lortab Abuse

The physical consequences of Lortab abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a narcotic, especially if you are not used to it, can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death. Taking high doses of acetaminophen (one of the components of Lortab) is likely to cause liver failure and death. The emotional and social consequences of Lortab abuse can be equally devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short time.

Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms of Lortab withdrawal can vary in intensity and may include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Sweating and a runny nose
  • Goose bumps
  • Agitation

Lortab Abuse Statistics

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2.2 million people initiated the non-medical use of prescription pain relievers, such as Lortab, in 2005. A startling 60% of new users of pain pills reported that the drugs were obtained from a friend or relative for free the last time they used them. Other statistics about Lortab addictions include the following:

  • In a survey completed in 2005-2006 by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the highest percentages of Lortab non-medical use were among 18-25 year olds.

  • In 2004, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) found that there were nearly 1.3 million emergency department visits associated with drug abuse, with 33% of these cases involving opiate based drugs, such as Lortab. These statistics continue to reveal the prevalence of a Lortab addiction and emphasize the need for effective treatment and care.

References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

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