Lortab (Hydrocodone) is a narcotic pain-reliever and a cough suppressant, similar to codeine. Hydrocodone blocks the receptors on nerve cells in the brain that give rise to the sensation of pain. Acetaminophen is a non-narcotic analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer). Acetaminophen works by elevating the threshold to pain, that is, in order for pain to be felt, greater stimulation of the nerves responsible for the sensation of pain is necessary. Therefore it reduces fever through its action on the temperature-regulating center of the brain.
The dose should be adjusted according to the severity of the pain and the response of the patient. However, it should be kept in mind that tolerance to hydrocodone can develop with continued use and that the incidence of untoward effects is dose related.
The usual adult dosage is one tablet every four to six hours as needed for pain. Thus the total daily dosage should not exceed 6 tablets.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it; or to other opioids or if you have any other allergies. Also this product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your pharmacist your medical history, especially of brain disorders breathing problems , kidney disease, liver disease and mental disorders. Also inform your pharmacist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; or if you are taking/will be taking or stop taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine
Every medicine can cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Tell your doctor if any of the following occurs: drowsiness; dizziness; blurred vision; nausea; vomiting; constipation; difficulty breathing; rash; yellowing of the skin.