Lortab Warnings and Precautions
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Lortab include the following:
- Lortab contains quite a bit of acetaminophen (Tylenol®). One tablet of Lortab (in any strength) or one tablespoonful of Lortab Elixir contains as much acetaminophen as an extra-strength Tylenol tablet. Taking too much Lortab, or taking Lortab in combination with other products that contain acetaminophen, can cause severe liver problems or even death due to Tylenol poisoning. Lortab may not be a good choice for people who already have liver disease.
- Lortab is a narcotic medication with significant potential for abuse. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Lortab Abuse). Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with Lortab, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
- Lortab can cause slow and irregular breathing. In severe situations, this may be life threatening. This may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
- The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intracranial pressure. Lortab should only be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
- Narcotics such as Lortab are likely to cause constipation. This side effect does not go away as you continue to take the drug. Usually, laxatives are necessary to treat and prevent constipation due to Lortab (see Lortab and Constipation).
- Lortab can interfere with the diagnosis of many conditions that cause severe abdominal (stomach) pain.
- Like any other narcotic, Lortab can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Lortab affects you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
- Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, or kidney disease, as Lortab may not be the best choice for you.
- Lortab can potentially interact with several other medications (see Lortab Drug Interactions).
- Lortab is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Lortab and Pregnancy).
- Lortab passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Lortab and Breastfeeding).