You may have heard of Lortab and wondered, "What is it used for?" Lortab® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Most often, it is used to treat short-term pain, such as pain due to a surgery, injury, or dental procedure. Occasionally, it is used to treat chronic pain, migraines, cancer pain, or other types of recurring or long-term conditions that cause pain.
Lortab contains two different medications: acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications, such as Tylenol®. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever that acts similarly to codeine. Hydrocodone is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, but also causes drowsiness, mood changes, and mental "clouding."
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Lortab for treating something other than pain. Off-label uses of Lortab include the treatment of:
(Click Lortab Uses to learn more about what this drug is used for, to find out if this pain reliever is suitable for children, and for information on whether the off-label uses mentioned above are considered legitimate by most healthcare providers.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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