What is Lortab?
Lortab is a hydrocodone/paracetamol (acetaminophen) compound that is given as a pain-killer to suppress moderate to severe pain. The chemical compound, Hydrocodone binds to the brain and central nervous system receptors that are used by the natural pain relievers in the body. Paracetamol or acetaminophen lowers the brain’s chemical that stimulates the pain nerves while increasing hydrocodone’s effects. When combined, the medication provides more effective pain relief than either of the two chemicals do separately.
Why it is Abused
Unfortunately, for all the good that Lortab does it has become a popular favorite with the recreational drug user crowd. It exhibits a high potential for abuse and addiction which has led to the implementation of Lortab detox programs in most of the rehab centers in the US. Ironically, there are numerous individuals who develop a dependency on the drug even when they are taking the medication as prescribed by a physician. Tolerance build-up occurs almost unnoticeably and dependency is quick to follow.
The side effects caused by Lortab are classified as less serious and more serious. The less serious side effects include:
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Erratic mood swings
- Mild nausea, upset stomach, and vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
Regardless of the less serious nature of these side effects, you should still talk to your physician about them. The following are the more serious mood changes and you should seek immediate medical care should any of these occur:
- Appetite loss
- Clay-colored stools and/or dark urine
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dark urine
- Dizziness, fainting, and light-headedness
- Feelings of fear
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and/or skin
- Nausea, upper stomach pain, and vomiting
- Problems urinating
- Shallow breathing
- Slowed heartbeat
- Unusual behavior or thoughts
Although these may not be complete lists, they are the most common side effects to be aware of. You may want to consult with your physician about the complete list of known side effects, both less serious and more serious.
Physical and Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms
Once your body has become dependent on Lortab and you enter a Lortab detox program, you will most likely experience different withdrawal symptoms that can range from mild or slight to severe and uncomfortable. There are physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms to be aware of including:
- Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
- Dilated pupils
- Flu-like symptoms (bone aches, chills, fever, and muscle aches)
- Goose bumps
- Runny nose and watery eyes
The more severe physical withdrawal symptoms that an individual experiences will include appetite loss, elevated blood pressure and heartbeat, headaches, insomnia, and tremors.
- Audible and visual hallucinations
- Erratic mood swings
- Increased irritability
Finally, the abrupt stoppage of Lortab intake is going to result in some extreme cravings for the drug. The more severe the addiction, the more intense those cravings will be.
Professional Help is the Only Answer
Blue Water Detox can help you through Lortab detox so that you are more comfortable as you start the addiction rehab process. Our comprehensive alcohol and drug detox programs can be customized to address the unique needs of every individual so that they can begin overcoming their addiction and eventually return home to live substance-free. The homelike environment and spa-inspired services gives the individual the hope of a brighter future without the fear of relapsing.
If you would like more information on our facility and Lortab detox or other detox programs, please call Blue Water Detox today.