Lortab Medically Supervised Detox Services

Lortab medically supervised detox servicesLortab is a prescription painkiller which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is an opioid drug synthesized in 1920 which has been available in the United States since 1943. It carries a risk of both psychological and physical dependence.

Lortab Abuse and Addiction

Part of the rationale for products like Lortab which combine hydrocodone with other medications such as acetaminophen is that combination products may be less likely to be abused. It has been thought that if high intake of medications like Lortab causes unpleasant side effects or liver toxicity due to the acetaminophen, that dosage will be self-limiting and addiction less likely to occur. Unfortunately, recreational hydrocodone use is widespread, despite the fact that in the United States it is only available in combination products like Lortab. Abuse of hydrocodone-containing medications is particularly high among teenagers and young adults. Some who have a dependency on Lortab use a cold water extraction method to dispose of a portion of the acetaminophen in the product.

As with other opioid medications, once a user has developed a drug dependence on Lortab, severe withdrawal symptoms may occur when the drug is stopped or the dosage is reduced. Symptoms vary related to the degree of dependence and other factors and may include:

  • Drug craving
  • Severe pain
  • Pins and needles sensations
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea and loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Runny nose and watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating

Lortab Detox

Medically supervised detox from Lortab involves helping the patient safely clear the drug from his or her body while minimizing withdrawal symptoms. Usually the process takes three to seven days, but occasionally lasts up to two weeks. Medications are often utilized to help with the detox experience. Those addicted to opiates such as Lortab may be prescribed drugs such as suboxone or methadone.

Physical symptoms are monitored carefully and dosage is altered as needed. Monitoring fluid intake is also important.

Detox should include psychological support and managing any co-existing medical or emotional conditions. Medically supervised detox may be accomplished in a hospital setting or in a residential addiction treatment facility. Detox is only the first step in addiction treatment, so if it is completed in a hospital, the patient should then be transferred to an inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment program for further help.

Finding Medically Supervised Detox Services for Lortab Addiction

If you or a loved one are addicted to Lortab let us help you find the path to recovery. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day and we can assist you in finding the services right for you and your situation. There is hope and we can help. Call today.