Lortab Medication Information
Most of the time, the prescription drug Lortab® (hydrocodone/APAP) is used to treat short-term pain, such as pain due to a surgery, injury, or dental procedure. In some cases, however, it is used to treat chronic pain, migraines, cancer pain, or other types of recurring or long-term conditions that cause pain.
Because it contains a narcotic medication, Lortab carries a high risk for abuse. For this reason, it also contains acetaminophen -- this helps improve the effectiveness of the drug for relieving pain, while potentially limiting the abuse potential of hydrocodone.
Prior to beginning treatment with Lortab, inform your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking and any other medical conditions you have, especially liver disease, kidney disease, or a head injury.
(For more information on this medication, click Lortab. Some of the topics discussed in this full-length article include dosing guidelines, how it works, and side effects that may occur during treatment.)