Lortab Tens: Lortab 10/325 and 10/500 Side Effects and Dosage

Lortab is a controlled substance, meaning it’s available only by prescription in the U.S. and it contains a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

The following provides an overview of what Lortab is and how it works, as well as details on what are called “Lortab Tens” which refers to a specific strength of this medicine.

Lortab Tens: Lortab 10/325 and 10/500 Side Effects and Dosage
Lortab, as mentioned, is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Since it is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, it can take care of pain in two different ways.

Hydrocodone is an opioid. Opioids are a class of drugs that relieve pain by passing the blood-brain barrier and attaching to the opioid receptors found in the central nervous system. When this happens, it slows the CNS including respiration, but can also provide pain relief, relaxation, and sedation.

As with other opioids, hydrocodone can also create a sense of euphoria or well-being when it’s taken, particularly in higher doses, and this is one of the reasons it has a potential for addiction and abuse. Opioids combat pain by releasing dopamine, which is a feel-good brain chemical, and once that happens, your brain wants to continue seeking out the substance that led to that.

When you take opioids exactly as directed, you reduce the potential for addiction, but it is still a risk.

The acetaminophen in Lortab, which is also the same as brand name Tylenol, is added to increase the strength and effectiveness. Rather than altering how someone perceives pain, as is what happens with oxycodone, acetaminophen alters pain signals, so it’s like a dual effect to combat pain. That’s one of the reasons combination drugs such as Lortab are so widely prescribed.

Lortab is available in a tablet and also a liquid, frequently referred to as Lortab elixir.

When taking Lortab, it’s critical that you’re very cognizant of following instructions for a few different reasons. First, there is the risk of addiction that comes with the use of any opioid. Many people who are now heroin addicts started out abusing prescription opioids, so it’s essential that you follow instructions. There’s also the risk of an opioid overdose.

Since opioids like hydrocodone slow the central nervous system, they can slow breathing to the point that you slip into a coma or die.

There’s also a third level of risk with Lortab, and that’s what comes with the use of acetaminophen. This component of Lortab isn’t addictive, but it can lead to severe liver damage. Some of the risks of liver damage from the use of acetaminophen include taking too much in a 24-hour period or drinking alcohol while using Lortab.

People frequently have questions on the strength and dosage guidelines for Lortab.

There are a few strengths of Lortab available. They include Lortab 2.5/500, Lortab 5/500, Lortab 7.5/500 and Lortab 10/500. The first number in each of these strengths refers to the amount of hydrocodone, while the second refers to the amount of acetaminophen. The same amount of varying hydrocodone strengths is also available with 325 mg of acetaminophen, so this would be 10/325 as an example.

It’s important to pay attention to both numbers when looking at the strength and dosage instructions. For example, Lortab tens are the strongest, particularly Lortab 10/500 which have not only more hydrocodone but also more acetaminophen.

With the lower doses such as 5/325, adults are usually advised to take one or two tablets every four to six hours without exceeding 12 tablets in 24 hours. As this goes up to 7.5 mg strengths and Lortab tens, the dose is usually one tablet every four to six hours, with no more than six tablets in a 24-hour period. This may be even lower with Lortab tens that have the higher amount of acetaminophen because of the risks of liver damage.

The side effects of Lortab tens may be more pronounced than with lower-strength doses. In general, side effects of Lortab tens and other strengths of Lortab can include nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal problems, dizziness, drowsiness or sedation.

More serious potential risks of Lortab tens include mood or mental changes, loss of appetite, fainting, shallow breathing or seizures.

People are warned to tell their doctor if they have a history of brain disorders, breathing problems, kidney or liver problems, or mental and mood disorders.

They should also let their doctor know if they have a history of abuse of drugs or alcohol, or it’s in their family because there is, as was touched on above, the risk for addiction and dependence on Lortab, particularly high-strength doses like Lortab tens.

Lortab Tens: Lortab 10/325 and 10/500 Side Effects and Dosage
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Lortab Tens: Lortab 10/325 and 10/500 Side Effects and Dosage was last modified: July 26th, 2017 by The Recovery Village