How Dangerous Is Lortab Abuse?
Lortab is a drug that contains a combination of hydrocodone, a narcotic pain reliever, and acetaminophen, a non-narcotic pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is one of the most widely prescribed narcotic pain relievers in the United States. Lortab is associated with a high risk of tolerance and dependence. Since Lortab can be dangerous even if used as prescribed, abusing it is all the more risky. Some users start taking Lortab with a prescription and for legitimate reasons and end up addicted. Others use the drug recreationally and end with a similar struggle. The effects of Lortab abuse are equally damaging regardless of the circumstances under which the addiction started.
Physical Effects of Lortab
Often the most dangerous effects of a drug are the withdrawal symptoms. Once tolerance – the body becoming used to the drug and, as a result, less affected by it — and dependence take effect, withdrawal symptoms can even be felt between doses, but especially if the user abruptly discontinues use of the drug. Withdrawal is essentially the body’s negative reaction to being deprived of the drug. Some Lortab withdrawal symptoms can include the following:
- Extreme irritability
- Nausea or vomiting
- Cold sweats
The withdrawal symptoms associated with Lortab typically reach their peak within 72 hours of the last dose and decline from then. They can last for a week or more. Additionally, acetaminophen is known to cause liver damage when taken consistently or in high doses. The risk is even greater for users who drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day.
Lortab and Hormones
Lortab has been shown to interfere significantly with hormone production. Abusing Lortab can cause testosterone and various female hormones to decrease. This results in lower muscle mass and increased body fat, irregular menstrual periods in women and lost bone mass. Lower hormone levels can result in depression for some users.
Psychological Effects of Lortab
Lortab addiction is associated with great anxiety and underlying psychological issues. For some, unaddressed psychological issues can cause or at least contribute to addiction, while for others the stress involved with obtaining Lortab and hiding addiction can cause psychological issues after addiction has taken hold. Lortab abuse has many dangers, but one that may not be so obvious is the effect it has on one’s ability to chase their goals and dreams. All too often, people sacrifice their futures for a momentary high
Get Help for Lortab Addiction
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