In today's world, hydrocodone based drugs like Lortab are amazingly easy to get, especially from cheap internet pharmacies that do not even require prescriptions. Such sites, along with discount pharmacy sales have made Lortab an easy to access opiate based drug to abuse. Lortab is a prescription medication, which can be highly addictive. Lortab combines a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and cough reliever with a non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. Lortab is the brand name for the combination of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and hydrocodone. The hydrocodone in Lortab binds to the pain receptors in the brain so that the sensation of pain is reduced. The acetaminophen in Lortab halts the production of prostaglandins which otherwise cause pain. Lortab is available in tablet, capsule, and liquid form; and when prescribed is usually taken every 4-6 hours by mouth. The hydrocodone found in Lortab can lead to addiction if abused or overused.

When Lortab is prescribed by a doctor do not take larger doses, take Lortab more frequently, or take Lortab for longer than necessary. It is usually given for relief in cases of mild to moderately severe pain. It is easy to become addicted to Lortab because of the typical opiate drug related feelings of well-being and pleasure it produces. After an individual has begun to use Lortab on a regular basis, the body, over time, develops dependence and a tolerance to the drug. The tolerance drives them to try to get higher and higher doses of the drug to ingest so that they can get the same feeling. Often, an individual will have absolutely no history of drug abuse yet once prescribed Lortab they will become addicted within a period of just several weeks. People with a severe Lortab addiction will hop from doctor to doctor seeking to feed their addiction. The addiction makes it very difficult for them to stop or dramatically reduce the dosage, due to the occurrence of Lortab withdrawal symptoms.

Lortab, due to its components and constituents, has a number of side effects even when it is used in the correct, and medically supervised, manner. Lortab induced side effects include, among others:

  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • uncharacteristic fatigue
  • unusual weakness
  • allergic reactions
  • anxiety
  • constipation
  • mood swing
  • restlessness
  • skin rashes
  • respiratory depression
  • constricted pupil
  • dryness of the mouth

Lortab works by bonding with opiate receptors and activating the reward systems in the user's brain. The resultant feeling is intense, and will cause the user to crave more of the drug. The addiction to Lortab alters their priorities by making the process of getting and consuming the drug the entire focus of their activities. If, for some reason, the regular, long term user of Lortab should stop taking Lortab or dramatically lower the dosage that is normally taken, then, within a few hours they will experience Lortab withdrawal symptoms. Although these symptoms don't usually get to a life-threatening level, the level of intensity of Lortab withdrawal symptoms will be a factor of the degree of addiction. Some of these Lortab withdrawal symptoms are:

  • An intense psychological and physical craving for the next dose of the drug
  • Extreme and uncharacteristic irritability
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Dilated pupils
  • Cold sweats
  • Fever

Lortab withdrawal symptoms generally increase in intensity for the first twenty-four to seventy-two hours after stopping the drug, gradually declining over 7-10 days. Even when it is prescribed and used in the correct way, most of the time stopping the medication will still involve Lortab withdrawal symptoms. Recovery from Recovery from Lortab withdrawal symptoms is best done at a drug rehab center. Breaking the cycle of addiction is never easy, and Lortab addiction is no exception to this rule. Lortab addiction recovery almost always requires professional help. It is best to seek professional help at the earliest, as the first step towards recovery is often the most important step towards a better life. Let the journey to a normal and healthy life, free from the cycle of Lortab addiction, begin right now.