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Lortab Addiction Treatment

Over the counter medications can be misleading because some may not think of these readily available drugs as addicting. In fact, many of us do not even refer to the medication we are currently taking as a drug, but that is what classifies Lortab.

Brand Names for Lortab Include:

  • Anexsia
  • Dolorex Forte
  • Hycet
  • Lorcet
  • Maxidone
  • Norco
  • Vicodin
  • Xodol
  • Zydone

Lortab is specifically used for pain relief and as a cough suppressant. This drug has the largest effect on the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. Lortab is a drug that can be taken orally, chewed, then crushed and snorted like cocaine or crushed and then dissolved into water much like heroin. Lortab appears in many forms including tablets, capsules, suppositories, powder for injections, oral liquids and injections. Because of the wide variations of the drug, people are able to take it more conveniently and the onset of addiction becomes more prevalent.

Side Effects

There are many side effects associated with an addiction to Lortab; therefore it is important to seek treatment immediately. These side effects can range from mild and moderate to the most extreme. In the beginning, one may notice sedation, nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness and sweating. However, with continued abuse, addiction can bring on more severe symptoms including circulatory depression, respiratory arrest, shock and cardiac arrest.

Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms from trying to quit cold turkey can be very intense. Depending on the level of addiction to lortab, patients can expect to experience symptoms such as sweating, malaise, anxiety, depression, cramp-like pains in the muscles, severe muscle and bone aching, severe and long lasting sleep difficulties (insomnia), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, goose bump skin, cramps, and fever.It is extremely important to seek and receive proper treatment, rather than try to “self-medicate.”

The first step to recovery from Lortab addiction is seeking professional help. Physical addiction treatment will take place, followed by some form of counseling. Support groups are also a good way to follow post-rehab treatment. Joining a support group is imperative as it allows the person suffering with the addiction to be able to relate to others who have suffered with similar addictions.


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