Lortab Abuse and Drug Interactions

Lortab Abuse and Drug InteractionsLortab is a prescription painkiller which combines hydrocodone, an opioid drug, with acetaminophen, a common pain reliever. It is dangerous to combine Lortab with a number of other substances. These drug combinations may react with or compound the effects of either of Lortab’s primary ingredients.

Combining Lortab with Other Nervous System Depressants

Hydrocodone and other opioid drugs depress the central nervous system. Dangerous drug interactions can occur when multiple substances that are nervous system depressants are combined. This can lead to a fatal overdose, usually due to repressed breathing. Common drugs in this category include other prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, over-the-counter antihistamines and muscle relaxers. Alcohol is also a nervous system depressant and can be dangerous to combine with Lortab.

Limiting Acetaminophen Use

The acetaminophen portion of Lortab can also contribute to drug interactions and overdose risks. High doses can damage the liver, so it is important to be aware of any acetaminophen that may be present in other drugs you are taking. Over-the-counter cold medications or pain relievers are common sources of acetaminophen. The Food and Drug Administration advises a maximum limit of 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen per day. The drug may also be abbreviated on a medication label as APAP, which can lead to confusion even for those who are trying to be aware of their total acetaminophen consumption.

Lortab Abuse and Polydrug Dangers

Those who abuse Lortab are at higher risk of experiencing dangerous drug interactions. Those who abuse a drug often develop a physical tolerance, which means that larger amounts of the drug must be taken in order to achieve the desired effects. It is also common for those who abuse one drug to abuse other drugs as well.

In a 2004 report, the Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that 78% of emergency room visits involving Lortab and other hydrocodone-containing medications involved multiple substances. The substance that was found to most frequently accompany Lortab in these situations was alcohol. Other commonly contributing drugs were other opioids, cocaine and benzodiazepines, which are drugs that are often prescribed for anxiety and insomnia.

Finding Help for Lortab Addiction

Lortab abuse can be dangerous on many levels and can easily lead to dependence and addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with Lortab abuse, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help answer your questions about Lortab abuse and drug interactions. Addiction is a progressive disease that can continue to worsen if not addressed. We can help you find the best treatment solutions for your situation. Please call now.