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Lortab Pain Medicine

A prescription pain medicine, Lortab® (hydrocodone/APAP) is approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. As a narcotic, the medication is classified as a controlled substance, which means that special regulations and laws control its sale and use.
Healthcare providers often prescribe Lortab for the treatment of short-term pain, such as pain due to a surgery, injury, or dental procedure. However, the medication can also occasionally be used to treat chronic pain, migraines, cancer pain, or other types of recurring or long-term conditions that cause pain.
Lortab contains two different pain medicines: hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic opioid pain reliever that acts similarly to codeine. It is effective at relieving pain and decreasing coughing, but 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®.
(Click Lortab for more information about the specific effects of this pain medicine, Lortab dosing guidelines, and a list of potential side effects of this drug.)
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