Effects of Lortab
Lortab® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and children as young as two years old. Because it is a combination medication (containing both hydrocodone and acetaminophen), Lortab has several effects on the body.
Some of these effects that are due to the hydrocodone component include decreasing pain and relieving coughing. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever that acts similarly to codeine. The acetaminophen component in Lortab is a pain reliever and fever reducer. Combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen helps improve the effectiveness of acetaminophen at relieving pain and may limit the abuse potential of hydrocodone (the maximum dose of Lortab is limited by the acetaminophen content).
The effects of Lortab can also cause psychological and physical dependence, as well as abuse. Lortab is readily available and inexpensive, especially in generic form. Because Lortab is a highly desired drug of abuse, people often obtain it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. People who abuse Lortab and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
(Click Lortab for a more in-depth look at Lortab's effects, including information on how it works to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain, potential side effects, and general precautions to be aware of before starting the medication.)