Why Lortab Isn’t Harmless

Why Lortab Isn’t HarmlessLortab is a commonly prescribed painkiller, but it is far from safe. Many people become addicted to it and similar narcotics every year, and many of those people overdose. Some people use this medication in conjunction with other drugs or alcohol, and they experience deadly drug interactions as a result. Although Lortab is an effective short-term medication, it is important that users understand its risks of use before they fill a prescription.

What Is Lortab?

Lortab is the brand name of a combined form of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol.) It is a fast-acting drug that can treat the following types of pain:

  • Post-operative pain
  • Pain caused by injury (car accident, sports injury and etc)
  • Migraine headache
  • Dental pain

Lortab is a chemically synthesized opiate that is related to heroin, opium and morphine. It works by binding to chemical pain receptors in the brain to prevent the transmission of pain signals throughout the central nervous system. However, in the process it also blocks negative emotional signals as well, so users often experience a euphoric high when first using this drug. The resulting high tends to fade as the brain develops a tolerance to the drug. Because of its addictive properties, Lortab is not recommended for treating chronic pain.

How Does Lortab Addiction Work?

When Lortab is in the system, the brain stops producing natural painkillers. Once the body adjusts to a drug, users are completely dependent upon it to function properly. If addicts quit using drugs, they will probably experience the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Emotional cravings
  • Pain throughout the bones, muscles and joints
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Cold chills
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression

These symptoms will persist until the user’s brain chemistry reorients itself, which can take a few days to a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, the psychological symptoms can last much longer, and they tend to be much more difficult to endure. Opiate addiction overtakes the same part of the brain that manages impulse control, memory, learning and emotional processes, so complete recovery requires a sustained therapeutic effort from medical professionals.

Overcoming Lortab Addiction

Lortab addiction treatment usually consists of the following elements:

  • A comprehensive mental and physical health diagnosis
  • Private counseling sessions
  • 12-step meetings when appropriate
  • Empowering education
  • Coping skill development and motivation
  • Strong aftercare services

Breaking a Lortab addiction often starts in residential treatment, but it continues for months or even years through ongoing meetings, counseling and other types of support. If left untreated the addict’s tolerance for the drug will continue to increase, so many addicts eventually turn to heroin to satisfy the brain’s need for opiates.

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