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What is Lortab?

Lortab is a combination of two drugs, such as hydrocodone and acetaminophen, which belongs to the group of Opioid medication. The combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen got approved for medical use in 1982. In the United States, Lortab is an item of schedule II of controlled substances. Lortab is available only with a proper prescription from a doctor, and you can take it orally. Authorities distribute Lortab under a restricted Opioid Analgesic REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) program.

What are the uses of Lortab?

Doctors can prescribe Lortab to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Pain ranging from moderate to sever
  • High fever
  • Any other health conditions as determined by them

How does Lortab work?

Being a member of an Opioid family, it works similarly to other medicines of this group work. It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to give relief from the pain. However, the exact mechanism of working of this medication is still a question to be answered.

What to know before using Lortab?

It is best to take care of the following pointers before using Lortab:

  • Lortab is a habit-forming medicine; misuse, abuse, and addiction to this medicine can be fatal.
  • You must be aware that buying and selling Lortab is an offense under the prevailing law.
  • It is best to avoid using Lortab if you are allergic to it or its components or similar medicines.
  • Please avoid medical errors and try to be consistent throughout the treatment.
  • You should not take the said medicine if you have recently used MAO inhibitors in the last two weeks.
  • Please don’t take this medication if you recently took any of the following:
    • Alcohol
    • Sedatives
    • Tranquilizers
    • Any other narcotic drugs
  • To ensure that taking Lortab is safe for you, you should tell your doctor if you have or ever had the following health disorder:
    • Liver disease
    • Cirrhosis
    • Addiction to drugs or Alcohol or history thereof
    • Diarrhea
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Bowel obstruction
    • Constipation
    • Kidney disease
    • The low blood pressure level of the body
    • Dehydration
    • Head injury, brain tumor, strokes, or history thereof
    • Asthma
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
    • Breathlessness or other breathing disorders
  • Expecting women should not use Lortab without their doctor’s advice. Taking this medication while pregnancy may cause congenital disability to their child.
  • Lortab can pass to breast milk and harm the nursing baby; therefore, lactating mothers should not use this medication without consulting their doctor.
  • Lortab can impair your thinking and reactions; therefore, please avoid getting involved in activities that require attention and alertness.
  • Don’t use Alcohol to avoid dangerous interactions between these two.
  • Please don’t take any cold or allergy medication without consulting your doctor.
  • If you ever feel uneasy after using Lortab, you should immediately consult your doctor and ask for medical help.
  • You can also get emergency medical assistance by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222.
  • It is best not to ignore the Lortab overdose symptoms as it can be fatal. The following are some Lortab overdose symptoms that one can experience:
    • Drowsiness
    • Pinpoint pupil
    • Cold body
    • Weakness in the muscles
    • Fainting or unconsciousness
    • Weak pulse
    • Slow heart rate
    • Blue lips
    • Shallow breathing
    • coma
  • Please tell your health expert about all the medicines you are taking as some medicines may interact with Lortab and lead to a dangerous situation. The medicines that can interact with Lortab are as follows:
    • Opioid pain medication
    • Sleeping pills
    • Muscles relaxers
    • Sedatives
    • Tranquilizer
    • Anti-psychotic medication
    • Antidepressants
    • Medicines to treat Parkinson’s disease
    • Drugs for treating migraine headache
    • Infections
    • Medicines for preventing nausea or vomiting
  • You should avoid taking herbal products, nutritional supplements, and other over the counter medications while using Lortab.
  • You should consult your doctor before leaving Loortab; otherwise, you may experience its withdrawal symptoms.
  • You may need frequent blood and urine tests to determine whether medicine is working well enough for you.
  • Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.
  • Store your medication at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.
  • After completion of treatment, you should ask your chemist about the proper disposal of leftover medication.
  • You can consult your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with Lortab.

Lortab dosage

Take Lortab dosage as exactly prescribed by your doctor, and please don’t take it more often than prescribed. Your doctor will recommend you Lortab depending on several factors such as:

  • Your age
  • Your weight
  • Your medical condition
  • Other health disorder you already have
  • How you responded to the first dose of the medicine

The following is the Lortab usual dose that a doctor can prescribe according to different medical conditions:

Dosage for treating pain ranging from moderate to severe

In the form of oral tablets (5 mg per 325 mg tablets)
  • For adults

One or two medicine tablets after every four to six hours; your doctor may increase your Lortab dose according to your health condition’s seriousness. However, it should not exceed more than 12 tablets in a day.

  • For children

Doctors should prescribe Lortab dosage for children after a full and proper medical examination.

In the form of oral tablets (7.5 mg per 325 mg tablets)
  • For adults

One tablet of medicine after every four hours to six hours; your doctor may adjust your medicine dose as per your health condition; however, it should not exceed more than six tablets in a day.

  • For children

Doctors should prescribe Lortab dosage for children after a full and proper medical examination.

In the form of oral tablets (10 mg per 325 mg tablets)
  • For adults

One tablet of Lortab after every four hours to six hours; your doctor may gradually increase your medicine dose as per your health condition; however, it should not exceed more than six tablets in a day.

  • For children

Doctors should prescribe Lortab dosage for children after a full and proper medical examination.

Lortab side effects

The common side effects of using Lortab includes the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth

It is obvious to experience mild side effects symptoms after using the medicine. You can still consult your doctor and ask for medical help if these symptoms bother you so much or are unbearable. You should stop taking medication and tell your doctor if you experience the following health issues:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow heartbeats
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Mood swing
  • Destructive or detrimental behavior
  • Seizures or convulsion
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Easy bruising on the body
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Problem in intimacy
  • Skin rashes
  • Symptoms of damage in the liver such as nausea, pain in the upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice
  • Low cortisol levels in the body resulting in nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, tiredness, weakness
  • Symptoms of serotonin syndrome— agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, stiffness in the muscles, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Any other allergic reaction to the medicine

You should also report to your doctor if you ever experience any other side effects, symptoms, or symptoms that are getting even worse.