What is Lortab?

Lortab is a brand name of a generic drug.

Generic Name: acetaminophen and hydrocodone (see below)

Other Brand Names: Anexsia, Anolor DH5, Bancap HC, Dolacet, Lorcet 10/ 650, Lorcet HD, Lorcet Plus, Lortab, Lortab 10, Lortab 5/ 500, Lortab 7.5/ 500, Lortab Elixir, Norco, T-Gesic, Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Zydone

 

What is acetaminophen and hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone (related to codeine) is in a class of drugs called narcotic analgesics. It relieves pain.
Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.
Together, acetaminophen and hydrocodone are used to relieve moderate-to-severe pain.
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

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What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is habit forming. It is possible become physically and/ or psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if acetaminophen and hydrocodone is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.
Avoid alcohol while taking acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by the medication, possibly resulting in unconsciousness and death. Also, acetaminophen can be damaging to the liver when taken with alcohol.
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if acetaminophen and hydrocodone is taken with any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone may cause constipation. Drink plenty of water (six to eight full glasses a day) to lessen this side effect. Increased fiber in the diet may also help to alleviate constipation.
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and hydrocodone?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have
        a history of alcohol or drug abuse;
        kidney disease;
        liver disease;
        asthma;
        urinary retention;
        an enlarged prostate;
        hypothyroidism;
        seizures or epilepsy;
        gallbladder disease;
        a head injury; or
        Addison's disease.
You may not be able to take acetaminophen and hydrocodone, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you are younger than 18 years of age or older than 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose.
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How should I take acetaminophen and hydrocodone?

Take acetaminophen and hydrocodone exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Take acetaminophen and hydrocodone with food or milk if it causes stomach upset.
To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid form of acetaminophen and hydrocodone with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
Hydrocodone is habit forming. It is possible become physically and/ or psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if acetaminophen and hydrocodone is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone may cause constipation. Drink plenty of water (six to eight full glasses a day) to lessen this side effect. Increased fiber in the diet may also help to alleviate constipation.
Store acetaminophen and hydrocodone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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