Lortab is a narcotic that is commonly abused. Lortab is made up of two different pain drugs: hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. The hydrocodone is actually a semi-synthetic narcotic that is in the opioid class and acts as a pain reliever, and its effects are similar to codeine. Hydrocodone can be very effective at relieving certain kinds of pain and can be used to reduce coughing. Lortab or its generic version hydrocodone/APAP is a medication that is used to treat pain. It is only available through a prescription. Lortab is commonly abused due to its narcotic properties. While it is not easy to determine who will develop an issue when taking this medication, it has been found that those with a history of drug or alcohol abuse may be a greater risk for abusing Lortab. Addiction implies a psychological dependence on a drug. As the effect of Lortab wears off, abusers develop cravings for the drug.Lortab abuse can involve the use of Lortab in various ways. It can be swallowed orally, like normal medication, or chewed; it can be crushed into a powder and then inhaled, or snorted, like cocaine; it can also be crushed and dissolved in water to be injected. Addictive, narcotic drugs, like Lortab, work on the neurons in the human brain. They create a tolerance and dependence, activating the brain's reward systems. A reward is the high, or rush produced when the person takes the drug. This rush is very intense, and that makes the body and mind crave the drug. The person may then start to focus all of their energies and activities on getting the next dose of the drug. It is this ability of Lortab to change, chemically, the functioning of the normal brain reward systems that leads to addiction. This also makes it a dangerous drug to abuse. Lortab abuse can, and does, reduce the user's consciousness levels, ability to think, awareness. Hydro" users feel a sense of euphoria after taking the drug, with a feeling of relaxation following the initial rush. The recreational user may continue taking the drug to get the "high" again, and they may also enjoy feeling drowsy afterward. Using the drug may be a way to escape from stressful situations in the user's life. A mild degree of physical dependence can develop after only a few days of opioid therapy and is different from addiction. A tolerance develops when increasingly larger doses are needed to provide the same effect.Use of Lortab crosses over into addiction when the user experiences impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm and craving for the substance.Abuse of Lortab and other prescription medications can also lead to the practice of "doctor shopping" to obtain additional prescriptions. Other drug-seeking behaviors include refusal to undergo examinations or testing for reported health problems, repeated "loss" of prescriptions or tampering with their medical or prescription records in an attempt to obtain more drugs. Abuse can include overuse, tampering with the medication or combining it with other substances to heighten the effects. Lortab is a central nervous system depressant. Abusing Lortab with other medications that have the same effect can be lethal. These can include alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers and other opiates. A preoccupation with consuming or obtaining Lortab can be an indication that physical and/or psychological dependence has developed. Any use of Lortab that is outside its prescribed therapeutic use can constitute abuse. A large overdose of this drug may lead to severe respiratory depression and death. Other symptoms of overdose include muscular twitches, slow, labored and shallow breathing, pinpoint pupils, cold, sweaty, clammy skin with blue tinge to the skin or nails, vomiting, low blood pressure, drowsiness and coma. There are extremely dangerous potential physical consequences of abusing Lortab. Unusually high doses of acetaminophen have been found to cause liver failure and even loss of life. There are also potentially severe consequences of Lortab abuse that are social and emotional. They often include loss of relationships, careers and everything that a person has worked hard to obtain for years and years can be lost in very little time. If you or someone you love is addicted to Lortab, seek out a drug treatment center with a proven track record in treating individuals who have abused opiate based drugs.