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What is Lortab?
Lortab , generically termed hydrocodone/APAP, is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid pain reliever, and acetaminophen, a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab® is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Lortab® relieves pain by depressing the central nervous system. Lortab® is typically prescribed for short term pain due to an injury, surgery or a dental procedure but is also sometimes used to suppress dry, chronic coughing.
Why is Lortab addicting?
Lortab® is a highly addictive substance and may be habit forming. Within a few weeks of consistently taking Lortab®, the body adjusts to the presence of the drug and a tolerance develops. As a tolerance to Lortab® develops, the body requires more and more Lortab® to achieve pain relief. Taking higher doses of Lortab® can increase the risk of experiencing uncomfortable side effects.
Lortab® is a very powerful drug that the body may become physically dependent upon. If a person no longer wishes to continue taking Lortab® or wants to discontinue taking the drug due to its side effects, medical supervision is necessary to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Warning Signs of Lortab Addiction
- Extreme drug seeking behaviors
- Financial Problems
- Strain on relationships
- Appearance of withdrawal symptoms
As a short acting pain reliever, withdrawal can start as soon as 6 to 8 hours after the last dose. Without medical supervision, decreasing a Lortab® dose or stopping the medication altogether may cause these initial symptoms.
Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms
- Flu-like symptoms
Outpatient Lortab Detox Treatment
Under the supervision of the professionals at Outpatient Detox, patients do not need to fear experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Patients can detox off of Lortab in the comfort of their own homes with personalized treatment plans that allow them to remain safe, calm, comfortable and able to sleep at night throughout the detoxification period.