Lortab and Pregnancy

Lortab and PregnancyLortab is a narcotic medication comprised of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Both are generally prescribed for pain relief, but hydrocodone is an opioid and thus may lead to dependence. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rated both Lortab and hydrocodone as pregnancy category C, meaning animal studies have shown these substances can be harmful to the fetus, so risk cannot be ruled out.

What Should an Addicted Woman Do if she Becomes Pregnant?

Pregnancy can cause mild to severe complications for a healthy woman with no previous medical conditions. Women who abuse drugs and alcohol face increased risks when they become pregnant. In order to minimize the risks to themselves and their child, addicted women who become pregnant should immediately:

  • Inform a doctor about their addiction
  • Start a treatment plan
  •  Take sobriety seriously

Anytime a woman is pregnant and is experiencing issues that could ultimately harm her or the baby, she should notify doctors or other medical personnel immediately. Her doctor can then refer her to an addiction specialist who can help her start a treatment plan tailored to the addict’s needs. These treatment plans include goals the addict sets for herself, along with goals a counselor may set to keep her on track with her sobriety. Whether or not you’re pregnant, the key to being able to maintain sobriety is to take it seriously. There will be hard times and temptations. However, with the right support system and plan in place, sobriety can be achieved.

How Can Pregnancy Affect the Treatment Process?

Overcoming addiction can be difficult during any life event. Choosing sobriety, especially for the health of the unborn child, is ultimately a rewarding decision that will benefit both you and your child. Included in the following are some examples on how pregnancy can affect the treatment process:

  • Slower progress
  • More intense treatment
  • Strict aftercare plans

Due to the fact the unborn child experiences the addiction with the mother, it could be dangerous for both the baby and the mother if there is a sudden stop in use. Some treatment facilities may gradually detox or to help the mother during withdrawal from Lortab. Becoming a mother is both immensely rewarding and challenging. This added stress could be the trigger that results in a relapse for a recovering addict. Treatment may be more intense for the mother to help her feel more confident once treatment is completed and feel as though she can and will provide for her child. Compared to others, pregnant women may have a more strict aftercare plan and may also be court ordered to maintain their appointments with addiction specialists in order to maintain custody of their child.

Lortab Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one is experiencing an addiction to Lortab and may possibly be pregnant, please call our toll-free helpline. Our compassionate and caring counselors are available 24 hours a day for your convenience and can help answer your addiction and treatment questions. We can help you overcome your addiction, so call us today!