Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Lortab, an opioid, is a combination of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and hydrocodone. It is an analgesic and has good pain relieving properties. Lortab is widely prescribed as a pain reliever.
Lortab is addictive. People develop dependency to the drug for a feeling of happiness it can provide. This drug can activate the brain's reward systems and make an individual to crave the drug. It can modify the normal functioning of body and brain. A person's level of consciousness may also be affected by the action of Lortab.
However, there are many studies which support the proper medical use of Lortab. The drug is considered harmless and seldom causes addiction, if taken exactly as prescribed.
Lortab, for medical use, is available in tablet or liquid form. When abused, the drug is normally taken orally or chewed. Some abusers crush the substance into powder and snort it or dissolve in water and inject.
Effects of Lortab
Lortab attaches to opioids receptor proteins in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract. By this they can change the way a person feels pain. It can also alter or manipulate the feeling of pleasure and cause euphoria. Lortab can cause drowsiness, constipation, and, at higher doses, breathing problems. Prolonged use of this drug may change the functioning of brain in long-lasting ways. A large single dose may lead to severe respiratory depression and even death.
Other medicines or substances that can cause drowsiness may increase this effect of Lortab. So mixing it with alcohol, muscle relaxants, or tranquilizers may lead to serious consequences.
Symptoms of Lortab Addiction
Drowsiness, nausea, unusual fatigue, allergic reactions, constipation, decreased mental and physical capability, mental clouding, fluctuating moods, breathing problems, and dry mouth are the common symptoms of addiction.
There are many helpful treatment options for Lortab addiction. The process of medical detoxification need to be conducted before the actual treatment program is begun. It is important for the addict to remain clean during the treatment for the success of the program. After detoxification, the therapist will determine an appropriate program.
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