If your child is experiencing moderate to moderately severe pain, a healthcare provider may prescribe Lortab® (hydrocodone/APAP) Elixir. Lortab is a type of narcotic pain medicine that is available in tablet and liquid form. Although Lortab tablets are not approved for use in children, Lortab Elixir can be used by children as young as two years old.
The liquid version of Lortab comes in one strength: Lortab 7.5/500 Elixir -- 7.5 of hydrocodone bitartrate and 500 mg of acetaminophen per tablespoonful. When determining the dose of Lortab Elixir, your healthcare provider will consider several factors, such as how you respond to Lortab, your weight (for children), other medical conditions you may have, and other drugs you are currently taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
One dose of Lortab Elixir can be given every four to six hours as needed for pain, but not to exceed six doses per day. You should take your dosage with food to help avoid stomach upset. Also, do not suddenly stop taking Lortab, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks.
(Click Lortab and Lortab Dosage for a closer look at using Lortab Elixir for treating moderate to moderately severe pain. These articles also explain how your healthcare provider will determine your dosage and offer some tips on when and how to take this pain medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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