Safe use of prescription medications is so important in order to prevent serious complications. Lortab is an opiate painkiller that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a potent narcotic analgesic and acetaminophen is a non-narcotic pain reliever. Problems can arise for those who take Lortab therapeutically for pain relief as well as those who take it recreationally because it can cause a sense of euphoria. These can range from side effects such as nausea, which may pass quickly, to more serious side effects including tolerance, dependence and seizures. Other problems include interactions and drug reactions, addiction, overdose and withdrawal. The drug, taken for moderate to severe pain, can be taken safely but with long-term use, can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
Using Opiate Painkillers Safely Can Prevent Serious Problems
Opiates have a significant potential to lead to misuse, abuse and illegal diversion. Those who have a prior history with drug or alcohol addiction should avoid taking Lortab or other narcotic prescription medications. It’s important that patients tell their doctors about all medications, supplements and herbs they are taking. Lortab depresses the central nervous system and can react dangerously with substances that share this same effect. These include alcohol, tranquilizers, sedatives, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers and other opiates. Taking more Lortab than what’s prescribed is never a good idea. Taking it more often than recommended can also be dangerous. Purposely mixing it with other substances to heighten effects or experience a high can be deadly. Addiction can take hold quickly in those who misuse or abuse Lortab. Unfortunately, this risk is also very real for patients who have legitimate prescriptions. A tolerance can develop with regular use, meaning patients have to take more and more to maintain the same level of pain relief.
Managing Lortab Withdrawal is the Cornerstone of Rapid Detox
Safe rapid detox for opiates is offered by Waismann Method of southern California. We use intravenous medicine to effectively cleanse Lortab from patients’ opiate receptors. During this, patients rest comfortably under general deep sedation while the procedure is performed in a hospital. Our caring and supportive medical staff of doctors and anesthesiologists monitors patients around the clock and our procedure speeds up withdrawal. When patients awaken, they aren’t consciously aware that they have already experienced withdrawal. Symptoms develop and pass while patients are sedated. This eliminates a painful and degrading period of suffering. Our total hospital stay is 3 to 6 days, not weeks or months like so many other Lortab rehab programs. We also offer transitional living in our Domus Retreat aftercare facility for those patients who choose to extend recovery. Patients who opt to stay with us at Domus can benefit from therapies and services that include relaxation, biofeedback, massage and nutritional counseling. Our programs are humane and compassionate, never judgmental or harsh. Waismann Method and Domus Retreat offer the very best in opiate addiction care.