Dangers of Mixing Lortab with Alcohol and Other Drugs
Lortab belongs to a large family of products containing a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. This family includes such brand name drugs as the following:
- Dolorex Forte
Lortab and other drugs containing hydrocodone are used to treat moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen, a less potent pain reliever, works to increase hydrocodone’s already strong narcotic effect.
Lortab, Acetaminophen and Combination Drugs
Acetaminophen is found in many different over-the-counter drugs such as medicines for colds, allergies, pain and sleep. Taking these products in conjunction with Lortab can introduce a dangerous amount of acetaminophen into the body. Acetaminophen has a recommended maximum dose of 1 gram (1000 mg) only 4 times (4 grams, 4000 mg) per day. Some Lortab prescriptions can contain as much as 750 mg of acetaminophen per tablet. Over-the-counter and many prescription combination medications contain enough acetaminophen to exceed the recommendation daily maximum. Large doses of acetaminophen can lead to liver damage and reduced kidney function. It is important to speak with your doctor before taking Lortab and any other acetaminophen-containing drugs.
Signs of Lortab Overdose
Lortab overdose is a dangerous situation and is made more likely by taking Lortab in combination with other drugs. Early signs of Lortab overdose include the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Pinpoint pupils
Later signs of a Lortab overdose include the following:
- Pain in the upper stomach
- Dark urine
- Yellowing of the skin/eyes
- Weak pulse
- Blue lips
- Shallow or no breathing
Contact emergency help immediately if a Lortab overdose is suspected.
Mixing Lortab and Depressant Medications
Because Lortab contains hydrocodone, a central nervous system depressant, taking any other depressant medication is dangerous. Medications such as the following are typically depressants:
- Muscle relaxers
- Other narcotics
- Sleeping pills
- Seizure medications
By taking these types of drugs with Lortab, the side effects of hydrocodone use will increase and cause slowed pulse and heart rate as well as shallow breathing.
Mixing Lortab and Alcohol
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Lortab. Alcohol intensifies the negative effect acetaminophen has on the liver. Developing liver disease (cirrhosis) is common when taking Lortab and abusing alcohol or other drugs containing acetaminophens. Another danger of combining Lortab and alcohol is muscle sedation. Sedation occurs when muscles become overly relaxed and can result in decreased motor function or respiratory failure. Lungs and heart are primarily muscle tissue, and increased sedation can cause these major organs to cease functioning.
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