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Lortab Addiction Information

Drug: hydrocodone

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.

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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:

  • Intense
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Irritability
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose or eyes dilated pupils
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Yawning
  • Fever

Lortab Legal Status: It is a prescribed medication and can therefore be used legally for medical purposes.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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