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Anyone considering treating pain with Lortab should first make sure they understand the potential risks. One of the main ingredients in Lortab is the addictive opioid hydrocodone. Opioid addiction is a driving factor in the drug overdose epidemic in America. In a four-year span, an increase of 152% in emergency room visits had something to do with painkillers. Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers has been reported by approximately 4.7 million Americans.

What is Lortab?

To relieve moderate to intense pain, one medication that can be used is Lortab. Hydrocodone and acetaminophen often join as ingredients here. Lortab can be compared to another hydrocodone-based painkiller, Vicodin.

Though Lortab is not notorious for being addictive, any opioid can be abused enough that an addiction forms. Lortab, because it is an opiate, goes by a number of different street names similar to other opiates. These can include the following:

  • Watson-387
  • Vike
  • Vic
  • V-itamin
  • Hydros
  • Fluff

How does Lortab work? The same as hydrocodone, opioid receptors in the body are activated by Lortab – mainly in the spinal cord and brain.


What are the Side Effects of Lortab Addiction?

General usage of Lortab, even under prescribed conditions, can result in the following side effects:

  • Digestion problems/stomach pain
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness

It is possible to become addicted to Lortab, even though the chance of that happening is less than many other opioids. By following the precise directions of a prescription, you stand less of a chance of developing an addiction to Lortab. That said, however, the following are symptoms of abuse or addiction:

  • Unpredictable, aggressive behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Increased body temperature
  • High blood pressure
  • Dry mouth
  • Reduced appetite
  • Dizziness and/or headaches
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Paranoia and anxiety

Understanding Lortab Overdose

When taken beyond the limits of a prescription, a person can become tolerant of Lortab’s effects. A dependence could potentially develop. In order to feel euphoric or more sedated, the person may take more and more Lortab. Eventually, this could lead to more serious opioid use for an increased effect.

By following prescribed directions, overdose is highly unlikely where Lortab is concerned. Should overdose occur, however, the following symptoms may be noticed:

  • Stomach and muscle spasms
  • Labored, irregular, or slow breathing
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Constricted pupils
  • Blue fingernails and lips

How to Treat Lortab Addiction

Withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone, Lortab, other similar drugs can be as follows:

  • Eye tearing
  • Sweating
  • Stomach trouble
  • Tremors/shaking
  • Runny nose
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Muscle aches
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness/insomnia
  • Increased pain sensitivity
  • Heightened blood pressure
  • Frequent yawning
  • Congestion
  • Chills
  • Anxiety

Clearly, those wishing to fight Lortab addiction would be well served by doing so under the direct supervision of a qualified medical professional.

Why Work with Spark To Recovery?

Our team at Spark To Recovery understands that Lortab can be helpful for managing pain. But we also know that, if abused, it can be a gateway to opioid addiction. If someone you know, or you, yourself, are struggling with opioid addiction and wish to overcome and break free of the cycle, contact us today.

Start your Lortab addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.

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