- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Lortab Addiction Information
Lortab Street Name: Lortab
Lortab Effects: Lortab combines a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and cough reliever with a non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur.
Lortab Description: Lortab Hydrocodone (related to codeine) is in a class of drugs called narcotic analgesics. It relieves pain. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of lortab. Together, acetaminophen and lortab are used to relieve moderate-to-severe pain.
Lortab Street Use: Oral
Lortab Dependency: Lortab addiction happens if the drug is used for long periods of time (several weeks). It causes both physical and mental dependence. Individuals develop an addiction to this drug because it produces feelings of well-being. Once an individual has developed an addiction to lortab they will often get multiple prescriptions from different doctors to support their cravings. Lortab activates the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense with lortab, causing the individual to crave more lortab and to focus his or her activities around taking and getting the drug. The ability of lortab to activate brain reward mechanisms and its ability to alter chemically the normal functions of these systems is what produces an addiction to lortab. Lortab also reduces a person’s level of consciousness, impairing the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.
Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms: If a regular user of lortab stops taking it, they will experience withdrawal symptoms within six to twelve hours. Lortab withdrawal symptoms are usually not life-threatening. The intensity of the lortab withdrawal symptoms depends largely on the degree of the individual’s addiction to it. For example, lortab withdrawal symptoms may grow stronger for twenty-four to seventy-two hours and then gradually decline over a period of seven to fourteen days.
These withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Cravings for the drug
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose or eyes dilated pupils
Lortab Legal Status: It is a prescribed medication and can therefore be used legally for medical purposes.