Treatment for Lortab
What Is Lortab?
Lortab is a brand name for a specific combination of a medically available drug with two major components. The first is a lower-grade painkiller known as acetaminophen. It is best recognized as the main ingredient in the painkiller Tylenol, which can be purchased without the need for a prescription. The second component is hydrocodone, which is known as an opioid. This means that hydrocodone belongs to a class of drugs that has been synthesized in a lab to mimic the function of natural opiates, which are painkilling drugs naturally derived from the opium plant, from which we get morphine.
The combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone works like a magnifier. Acetaminophen “boosts” and strengthens the effects of hydrocodone. For this reason, Lortab is normally acquired only through a prescription from a doctor because it is a powerful, effective reliever of moderate to severe pain. Addiction is not one of the common side effects, but unfortunately, regular usage can lead to a dependency on the drug, which requires addiction treatment to overcome.
Because it’s composed of an opioid, the potential for physical addiction is present, just as it is with any other opioid or opiate substance. This means that as the body adjusts to regular intake, it depends on the drug’s presence for continued functioning. In other words, the body develops an actual physical need or craving for Lortab in the same way that it craves food or water.
Because Lortab is a legal but controlled substance, the typical method of addiction begins when someone undergoes a medical experience in which some level of pain is the result, such as an injury or a surgical or dental procedure that may not require hospitalization. To manage the pain after a procedure or medical examination, a doctor may prescribe it.
Is Lortab an opiate? Yes, it is. As with any opioid, there is a potential for addiction, but most people, only using it for a few days to a week and following the doctor’s prescribed amounts, will not develop an addiction. However, for people taking it longer than the prescribed duration and/or taking more than what a doctor recommends, this is when a real chance of addiction can occur.
It is also possible for the well-documented sense of euphoria to occur for users, but this will only occur when users go beyond prescribed limits and take much higher amounts. Unfortunately, as with many other drugs, there is also a “plateau effect” at work where the body adjusts to the amounts of Lortab in the system, and when that happens, higher amounts of the drug are needed to achieve the same intense effect that was experienced the very first time. By this point, of course, serious addiction has occurred, and rehab is required.
Lortab Withdrawal & Detox
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