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Lortab (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen)

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WHATIS Lortab (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen)

Lortab (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) is a prescription drug that is a controlled substance . It is classified as an opioid analgesic that is used to treat coughs and as a pain reliever. The primary ingredient in Lortab, which is also the opioid component, is hydrocodone.

Lortab also contains acetaminophen, and it’s available as a tablet, a liquid solution, and a syrup. An opioid is also often called a narcotic, and this particular narcotic, as with other opioids, can slow the respiratory system to the point where you stop breathing, or your breathing is slowed to a dangerous point.

this medicament is prescribed to patients for the treatment of moderate to severe pain.

HOW DOES Lortab (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) WORK?

As with other opioids, when someone takes Lortab, there is the potential for abuse and addiction, which is why it’s a medicine available only with a prescription.

The reason Lortab may lead to addiction is because of the opioid component.

When someone takes an opioid drug such as hydrocodone, which is the active ingredient in Lortab, it passes the blood-brain barrier and binds to the opioid receptors in their central nervous system. When this occurs, it unleashes a large amount of dopamine into their brain and body.

Dopamine is a feel-good brain chemical that can occur naturally, but the amount released by an opioid like Lortab is much higher than anything that could occur in the natural sense.

Once this happens, the person taking the medicine feels a rush of euphoria, well-being, and relaxation.

As this happens, the neural pathways in your brain start paving the way for seeking more of the drug, as a way to recreate the initial high you felt. That’s where addiction begins.

Hydrocodone also treats pain by altering the way the person perceives it. It’s somewhat like masking pain, instead of eliminating pain signals.

the combination of acetaminophen that’s in this medicament, it can approach pain in two different ways. As mentioned the hydrocodone component treats pain by changing the person’s sensation of it, while acetaminophen stops pain signals from being transmitted from the brain to the body. This is why this medicament and other opioid
combination drugs like it are very effective. While there are medical applications for this medicament and Lortab elixir, people take it recreationally as well to become more relaxed, experience the euphoria, to help them sleep, or to numb their emotions.

WARNINGS/PRECAUTIONS

Head injury. Increased intracranial pressure. Acute abdomen. Impaired renal, hepatic, thyroid, pulmonary, or adrenocortical function. GI or GU obstruction. Asthma. Drug abusers. Elderly. Debilitated. Labor & delivery. Pregnancy (Cat.C). Nursing mothers: not recommended.

HOW SUPPLIED

LORTAB tablets (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, USP, 5/325, 5/500, 7.5/325, 7.5/500, 10/325, 10/650

STORAGE AND HANDLING

Store at 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F).
Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container with a child-resistant closure.

Pharmacological Class:

Opioid + analgesic.

Interactions

Potentiation with alcohol, CNS depressants, MAOIs, tricyclic antidepressants, anticholinergics.

SIDE EFFECTS

Dizziness, CNS depression, respiratory depression, GI upset, constipation, urinary retention; hepatotoxicity (overdosage).

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