3 Dangerous Complications of Lortab Abuse

3 Dangerous Complications of Lortab Abuse

Anxiety is one complication of Lortab abuse

Lortab is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone and is used to treat pain after surgery or injury or as the result of a chronic condition. Hydrocodone is an opioid that changes the way the brain perceives pain. The acetaminophen in the drug increases the effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is highly habit forming. Using the drug in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a doctor can lead to addiction. Abusing Lortab can be dangerous and can lead to serious complications.

Physical Complications

Lortab can lead to serious physical complications when used in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician. Some of the more common side effects of Lortab use include the following:

  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Weakness

Lortab can also lead to more serious side effects that may require medical attention, including the following:

  • Bloody stools
  • Breathing problems
  • Rapid or irregular heart beat
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Trouble urinating

If you or a loved one struggles with Lortab abuse and has any of these symptoms, it is time to get help.

Emotional Complications

Lortab abuse can lead to severe emotional complications. Those who struggle with Lortab addiction often have undiagnosed or untreated mental illness. The symptoms of drug addiction can often mimic the symptoms of mental illness, and drug addiction can cause or contribute to certain conditions. Becoming tolerant to the medication can lead to users needing more of the drug to achieve the same level of relief or experience. Tolerance quickly leads to dependence as the person struggling with Lortab abuse needs the substance to feel and function normally. Emotions become unstable and extreme mood swings begin to take their toll on the overall wellbeing of the user.

Relationship Complications

When an addiction to Lortab is present, the person struggling begins to choose Lortab over his or her family and friends. The addict is willing to sacrifice those relationships in order to use the drug. He or she makes uncharacteristic choices and often engages in dangerous or illegal behaviors in order to get and use the drug. Increased involvement in the drug culture and preoccupation with getting and using the drug takes precedence over relationships with loved ones and friends. Before long, maintaining a relationship with an addicted loved one becomes almost impossible, and the family unit begins to break down.

Finding Help for Lortab Abuse

Lortab can be an important part of pain management. However, using the drug in ways other than prescribed can lead to addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with Lortab abuse, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.