Lortab is a combination of acetaminophen, a non-narcotic pain reliever, and hydrocodone, a narcotic pain reliever with similar effects as codeine, reports Drugs.com. Used alone, hydrocodone is a Schedule II substance; however, when used in combination with other non-narcotic ingredients, it can be classified as a Schedule III drug. There is less regulation with a Schedule III narcotic, and that makes it easier to obtain and more vulnerable to abuse and addiction. There is a growing problem with the non-medical use of prescription drugs that contain hydrocodone, such as Lortab.
Uses for Lortab
Lortab is prescribed in liquid, tablet and syrup forms as a pain reliever and cough suppressant. The hydrocodone in Lortab acts on the pain centers in the brain for pain control and in the area of the brain that causes coughing. Lortab is popular for uses other than medical, such as recreational highs for long-lasting euphoric effects, and, in some cases, to obtain normal emotions and feelings. Using Lortab for purposes other than those prescribed for medical conditions presents a high potential for addiction.
Signs of Addiction
One of the first signs of addiction is the onset of withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Lortab or if you reduce the dosage. Lortab withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Involuntary leg movements
- Increasing anxiety
- Mood swings, including depression
- Cold sweats
Some other symptoms of Lortab addiction include:
- “Doctor shopping.” This is a common practice for patients addicted to a legitimately prescribed medication. If the dose you’re taking is the maximum your doctor allows, you may find yourself searching for another doctor in order to obtain an additional supply or using the excuse of losing your prescription to get a refill.
- Behavioral changes. You may find yourself lying to and stealing from your family or friends, and you may become antisocial and withdrawn from your normal activities.
Treating an Addiction
The hydrocodone portion of Lortab is an opiate with extremely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification, which is the removal of the narcotic from your system, can take several days. Because of the potential discomfort, it is best to go through detox in a facility that provides continual medical and physiological monitoring. Once the withdrawal symptoms are under control, the next phase is to go through extensive counseling and therapy to learn how to move on without the control of the narcotic. A medical specialist will help you find ways to manage your pain, if you were using the Lortab for pain control. Whether you are addicted through legitimate pain prescription use or if you are using illegally, the same treatment is important for learning coping skills and rebuilding relationships. A full-service facility will provide ongoing support for as long as you need to conquer your addiction.
The Road to Living Without Lortab
If you recognize your need for help in getting off Lortab or if you have a family member whom you suspect is addicted, give us a call. We have the professional staff available to answer your questions and to set you up with an introductory visit to evaluate treatment plan options.