Sports Injury Leading to Lortab Addiction

Sports injury leading to Lortab addictionLortab is a brand name for a combination drug containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Lortab is considered a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning if it is prescribed, there is a fair chance that tolerance, dependence and even addiction may occur. Close monitoring and a strict adherence to dosing instructions is advised. Although Lortab is not as potent as pure hydrocodone, the user should pay close attention to their body while taking Lortab to look for signs of tolerance – the beginning or warning sign of an oncoming addiction.

Lortab Effects and Tolerance

Tolerance is when the body stops producing the same effects from a drug despite the dosage staying the same. Those who develop tolerance towards a substance such as Lortab stop feeling the desired physical effect and begin to increase the dosage to achieve the wanted feeling. Desired Lortab effects include the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Sedation
  • Euphoria
  • Sense of well-being
  • Happiness

For people who have experienced a sports injury and as a result were prescribed Lortab, the warning signs of tolerance are commonly overlooked or some may be viewed as effects of the injury. The following are signs of Lortab addiction:

  • Going through prescriptions too quickly or taking more than prescribed
  • “Doctor shopping,” or going from doctor to doctor with the same complaint to get more prescriptions for Lortab
  • Dishonest behavior such as stealing or lying to get more pills
  • Unexplained changes in mood or behavior
  • Secluded behavior
  • Sudden unexplained lack of money

Lortab Dependence and Withdrawal Symptoms

If a drug is used incorrectly (taken excessively for a long period of time) dependence is likely. Dependence on Lortab is when the body becomes accustomed to the steady stream of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, as with tolerance, but also starts to rely on these chemicals and stops producing its own natural versions. Dependence is dangerous, because cravings and withdrawal symptoms occur when the body stops receiving Lortab. Lortab withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Aches/pains
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Vomiting

Cravings and withdrawal symptoms may lead a person to taking more and more Lortab to curb these unwanted effects. With progressively more Lortab entering the body’s system with each increased dose, an overdose becomes more likely.

Dangers of Lortab Use, Abuse and Overdose

Hydrocodone and acetaminophen are both extremely dangerous drugs when taken in excess. If only 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen are consumed in one day, the user may suffer from liver damage, jaundice or even liver failure. An overdose of any drug containing hydrocodone may be reached if more than 40 milligrams are consumed. Also, as tolerance and dependence cause dosage to increase and progressively more Lortab to enter the body, the potential for overdose increases. Signs of Lortab overdose include the following:

  • Respiratory depression/failure
  • Clammy, blue, or cold skin
  • Narrowed or widened pupils
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Death

An accidental addiction to Lortab after a sports injury is common but very serious for those addicted.

Getting Help for Lortab Addiction

If you are suffering from Lortab addiction, please call our toll-free helpline. Regardless of whether your addiction began with a sports injury or with recreational curiosity, we can help find the recovery solutions you need. We are available 24 hours a day, so we’re here when you’re ready to take that first step towards change.