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Lortab Medication for Pain

Lortab® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a narcotic drug that is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. There are special laws and regulations that control its sale and use. Healthcare providers often prescribe Lortab for pain that is caused by an injury, surgery, or dental procedure.
Lortab contains two different pain medications: hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic opioid pain reliever that is effective at relieving pain and decreasing coughing (although it also causes mood changes, drowsiness, and mental "clouding"). Acetaminophen (commonly known as "APAP") is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol®. Combining hydrocodone with acetaminophen helps improve the effectiveness of Lortab for relieving pain.
This medication comes in tablet and elixir form. It is taken by mouth, typically every four to six hours as needed for pain. It is best to take your Lortab dosage with food, as this may help reduce stomach upset. It is important that you do not exceed the maximum recommended daily dose, as this could lead to overdose symptoms or poisoning from the acetaminophen component of the drug, which can cause liver failure.
(Click Lortab for more information about using this medication, to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before using this drug, and to learn about the potential side effects.)
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