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Lortab is an opioid-based prescription pain reliever. While effective if used short-term and as directed, Lortab has the potential for physical dependence, psychological addiction, and life-threatening overdose.
A combination medication, Lortab contains two active ingredients:
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone have different mechanisms of action. Acetaminophen dilutes the effects of brain chemicals that govern the stimulation of pain nerves. Hydrocodone, on the other hand, binds to the brain’s natural opioid receptors, preventing the central nervous system from transmitting pain signals.
Lortab is a common drug of abuse. These are the most popular alternative routes of administration:
While using Lortab can trigger a variety of short-term effects, the long-term outcomes of sustained opioid abuse are more concerning.
Most people who become addicted to Lortab start out using the medication for pain-relieving purposes with a supporting prescription. Most have no intention of misusing or abusing the medication. Unfortunately, the strongly habit-forming nature of all opioids means that abuse often unfolds.
Even when Lortab is used as directed and with a prescription, tolerance rapidly forms due to its hydrocodone content. As your body becomes accustomed to the presence of opioids, the pain-relieving properties of Lortab diminish. This can prompt people to take more of the medication or more frequent doses to alleviate pain. Tolerance is a diagnostic criterion for addiction.
If tolerance leads to increased Lortab use, this is liable to accelerate the development of physical dependence. If you become dependent on opioids, you will need the substance just to function normally. In its absence, you will experience intense withdrawal symptoms (also a criterion for addiction). Physical dependence will often (but not always) bring about addiction.
Addiction to Lortab is classified as OUD (opioid use disorder). Opioid use disorder, like all substance use disorders, is diagnosed according to the number of symptoms that present from the criteria outlined in DSM5-TR. DSM5-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is the updated version of this diagnostic tool published by APA (American Psychiatric Association) and used by physicians and mental health professionals worldwide.
Addiction to opioids might be the leading risk of Lortab abuse, but chronic opioid abuse is associated with dangers and health complications beyond opioid use disorder.
Long-term Lortab abuse is associated with these negative outcomes:
These are the most reported symptoms of Lortab overdose:
A Lortab overdose can also slow breathing to the extent of respiratory depression, a potentially lethal medical emergency.
The FDA approves an opioid antagonist called naloxone for the reversal of opioid overdose.
The chronic abuse of an opioid like Lortab can damage and poison various bodily systems. These are some of health complications triggered by ongoing Lortab abuse:
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All our treatment centers are pet-friendly and free of temptations or distractions, allowing you to focus on detoxing from opioids like Lortab before engaging in ongoing treatment.
You can access the following services and interventions if you kickstart your recovery at Gratitude Lodge:
Whether you need the support and structure of residential rehab or the flexibility and affordability of intensive outpatient treatment, we can help you beat Lortab addiction before the long-term effects become damaging or even deadly. Call 888-861-1658 right away for immediate assistance.
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