Lortab® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription medication used for relieving moderate to moderately severe pain. It is a narcotic and a highly desired drug of abuse. Lortab is sometimes crushed and snorted, as this may speed up and intensify the "high" feeling.
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. 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 illnesses may also be at risk for drug or alcohol abuse, as drugs and alcohol can be used to "self-medicate" the mental illness symptoms.
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.
(Click Lortab Abuse to learn more about the potential dangers of abusing Lortab, to find out the difference between physical dependence and abuse, and for information on where you can get help for addiction problems.)