Lortab Strengths: Dosage Guide
Lortab is a controlled substance, meaning the DEA makes it so that this drug can only be used by prescription. This is because it contains the opioid hydrocodone. Opioids like hydrocodone have a high likelihood of abuse and dependence, even when they’re taken as directed by a doctor, so it’s incredibly important to understand dosages and varying Lortab strengths before you take this medicine.
This prescription medicine contains not only hydrocodone but also acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is found in brand-name Tylenol, and while it’s not habit-forming, it also has its own set of risks. Acetaminophen treats pain differently from oxycodone, by stopping pain signals, but it can cause liver damage or even liver failure if too much is taken in a certain window of time. The acetaminophen component is just one more reason Lortab strengths and doses are relevant to people taking this medicine.
The dosing guidelines for Lortab strengths are generally based around the acetaminophen even more than the opioid component because you are more likely to experience adverse side effects or overdose on acetaminophen before hydrocodone.
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- Opioids have an impact on the central nervous system. That’s how they treat pain, but this can also contribute to feelings of confusion or mental cloudiness, coordination problems, lethargy, mood changes, and anxiety.
- Physical dependence is a major side effect of prescription opioids like Lortab. Physical dependence is different from addiction, and it occurs when a person builds a tolerance to a drug, and their body becomes used to its presence. Then, when they stop taking it, they experience withdrawal symptoms.
- Opioids frequently cause gastrointestinal side effects, the most common of which is constipation. Urine retention may also occur.
- Hydrocodone, as with other opioids, depresses the respiratory system because of the impact on the central nervous system, and this can lead to slowed breathing or more serious problems, particularly with higher Lortab strengths and doses.