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Lortab Abuse

Is It Lortab Abuse or Something Else?

People whose pain is not adequately controlled often display signs that mimic Lortab abuse. For instance, if your prescription for Lortab is not strong enough for your pain, you may display unusual changes in behavior due to the pain, or you may take your Lortab more frequently than prescribed.
If you feel your pain is not adequately controlled, please discuss this with your healthcare provider. However, many people start down the slippery slope of Lortab addiction by using inadequate pain control as an excuse.

Can Lortab Abuse Happen to Anyone?

Some people feel that anyone who takes Lortab long enough will abuse it. However, most healthcare professionals believe that only some people are inclined toward drug or alcohol abuse, and only those people are at risk for Lortab abuse.
The problem is predicting who might develop a problem and who is not at risk. Having a prior history of drug or alcohol abuse, or even having a family history of such abuse, increases your risk for problems with Lortab abuse. People with mental illness may also be at risk for drug or alcohol abuse, as drugs and alcohol can be used to "self-medicate" the mental illness symptoms.

Possible Consequences of Lortab Abuse

The physical consequences of Lortab abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a narcotic, especially if you are not used to it, can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death. Taking high doses of acetaminophen (one of the components of Lortab) is likely to cause liver failure and death.
The emotional and social consequences of Lortab abuse can be equally devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short time.
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