What is Lortab?
Lortab ® is a narcotic pain reliever (opiate type) used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Lortab ® is a combination of Hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone works on opiate receptors in the brain to provide pain relief while acetaminophen increases the effects of Hydrocodone.
Lortab ® is used as a PRN, or as needed for pain. Do not increase your dosage or take more often as this medication may become habit-forming. It is also marketed under other brand names, including Vicodin, Norco, Lorcet, Anexsia, Maxidone, and Zydone. Hydrocodone is the narcotic component of the drug, attaching to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord to block pain.
Acetaminophen is a non-narcotic pain reliever that decreases the formation of prostaglandins and increases pain-relieving power. The analgesic drug treats pain but is also an antitussive, which helps suppress dry, chronic coughing. Hydrocodone can be habit-forming if not used as prescribed. It is derived from the opium plant and is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S., meaning it has the potential to be abused and cause dependence.