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What is Lortab?

Lortab contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It helps relieve moderate to severe pain.

Lortab is available in the form of a solution, tablet, and elixir. You can buy Lortab online in any form and strength.

Important Information

Misuse of narcotic drugs may lead to addiction, overdose, or death, especially in people who use it without a prescription.

People should avoid using Lortab if they have used MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days.

Overdosing on acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. You should contact your doctor at once if you have symptoms such as upper stomach pain, itching, nausea, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

What to know before taking Lortab?

Do not take Lortab if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or hydrocodone or if you have recently used sedatives, alcohol, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.

To ensure that Lortab is safe for you, inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, bowel obstruction, or severe constipation
  • A history of alcoholism or drug addiction
  • A history of brain tumor, stroke, or head injury
  • Kidney disease
  • If you use a sedative like Valium, including alprazolam, diazepam, Ativan, lorazepam, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Versed, Xanax, and others
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cirrhosis, liver disease, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day
  • COPD, sleep apnea, or asthma
  • Or other breathing disorders

People should avoid using Lortab if they have used MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days. A hazardous drug interaction may occur if you use MAO inhibitors such as linezolid, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, selegiline, rasagiline, and tranylcypromine.

Some medications can interact with hydrocodone, resulting in a serious condition known as serotonin syndrome. Make sure your doctor is aware of any medications you are taking for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting prevention. Prior to making any changes to how or when you take your medications, consult with your doctor.

Lortab is more likely to cause breathing problems in elderly people and those who are severely ill, malnourished, or otherwise disabled.

If you use narcotic medication while pregnant, your baby may become dependent on it. The use of narcotics during pregnancy can lead to fatal withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth. If you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, inform your doctor.

Acetaminophen and hydrocodone present in Lortab can enter the breast milk and harm a nursing infant. You should not breastfeed if you are taking Lortab.

How to take Lortab?

Take Lortab exactly as directed by your doctor. Avoid taking this medicine in high amounts or for longer than prescribed.

Hydrocodone may be habit-forming. Do not share this medicine with someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. 

Use the dosing syringe provided or a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup to measure liquid Lortab.

If you need surgery or medical tests, let your doctor know you are taking Lortab ahead of time. You may need to take a break from taking medicine for a while.

You should not suddenly stop taking Lortab after long-term use because it may cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Lortab dosage

Dosage for moderate to severe pain

Dosage for adults (ages 18 years and older and weighing at least 101 pounds or 46 kg)

5 or 2.5 mg hydrocodone / 300 mg or 325 mg acetaminophen: 1 to 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as needed is the typical dosage. The maximum daily dose is eight tablets.

7.5 or 10 mg hydrocodone / 300 mg or 325 mg acetaminophen: 1 tablet, taken every 4 to 6 hours as needed, is the typical dosage. The maximum daily dosage is six tablets.

Overdose

Overdosing on hydrocodone and acetaminophen can be fatal. It may be more likely if you order Lortab online without a prescription.

Loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach pain, nausea, sweating, and confusion or weakness are the first signs of an acetaminophen overdose. Later symptoms may include upper stomach pain, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes.

Symptoms of an overdose of Lortab may include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fainting
  • Weak pulse
  • Slow heart rate
  • Coma
  • Blue lips
  • Shallow breathing

What to avoid while using Lortab?

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Lortab. When you take this drug with alcohol, you are more likely to develop liver problems and liver damage.

Lortab may impair your thinking or reactions. If you do not know how Lortab will affect you, do not drive or operate machinery. This drug may cause dizziness or severe drowsiness that may lead to falls or other accidents.

Prior to taking any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Many combination medicines may contain acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP). Taking some medications together can result in an overdose of acetaminophen, which can be fatal. To see if a drug contains acetaminophen or APAP, look at the label.

Lortab side effects

Acetaminophen can cause a severe skin reaction that can be life-threatening in rare cases. Even if you have never had a reaction to acetaminophen before, this could happen. If you have symptoms such as skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling, stop taking Lortab and call your doctor right away. If you have a reaction like this, you should never take another acetaminophen-containing medicine.

Common side effects of Lortab include:

  • Upset stomach, constipation
  • Drowsiness, headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision

Serious side effects of Lortab may include:

  • A light-headed feeling
  • Shallow breathing, slow heartbeat
  • Infertility missed menstrual periods
  • Unusual thoughts or behavior, confusion
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Liver problems, symptoms may include upper stomach pain, nausea, itching, dark urine, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • Impotence, sexual problems, or loss of interest in sex
  • Low cortisol levels, symptoms may include vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, worsening tiredness or weakness, or dizziness

If you have symptoms of a condition called serotonin syndrome, seek medical help right away. The symptoms of serotonin syndrome include hallucinations, agitation, fever, sweating, fast heart rate, shivering, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea.

What drugs can interact with Lortab?

Many other drugs can interact with narcotic (opioid) medications, resulting in dangerous side effects or death. Make sure your doctor is aware if you also use medicines such as:

  • Drugs that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing, such as a sleeping pill, sedative, muscle relaxer, tranquilizer, or antipsychotic medicine
  • Other narcotic medications, including opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine
  • Medicines that can affect serotonin levels in your body, such as medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, serious infections, migraine headaches, or prevention of nausea and vomiting