Lortab is a narcotic pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain. The drug is a combination of Hydrocodone and acetaminophen. The drug relieves pain by binding opiate receptors in the brain and spinal cord. The effects of Lortab occur within one hour of taking, and can last between one and eight hours. Lortab is available in oral and injection forms, with various does available to treat pain.
As with any prescription medication, particularly a narcotic medication, Lortab does carry side effects. Knowing the possible side effects associated with taking Lortab is important, and any occurrences should be immediately discussed with the doctor to determine if it is right for you. Lortab has both mild and severe side effects to watch for.
One of the most common side effects reported with taking Lortab is drowsiness. You should always use caution when operating a motor vehicle or other dangerous machinery until you know how the medication is going to affect you. Euphoria is yet another common side effect of this medication. Other common side effects associated with Lortab include a feeling of anxiousness, dizziness, increased heart rate, headache, loss of appetite, upset stomach, and lightheadness. Most of the time these side effects were not concern enough to stop taking the medication. Nausea is another relatively common side effect of Lortab. If stomach upset or nausea occurs, take it on full stomach. If any of these problems affect your day to day living or become bothersome, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Most of these side effects vanish as Lortab is continued to be used.
More serious side effects of Lortab include anxiety, prescription drug abuse, trouble breathing, bradycardia, low blood pressure, liver damage, and severe constipation. Immediately notify your physician if you experience any of these serious side effects. An allergic reaction to Lortab can also cause severe problems that include wheezing, difficulty breathing, itching, hives, and swelling of the mouth or throat. Seek medical attention if you experience any of these possible lethal signs of an allergic reaction to Lortab.
Medicines affect each person differently. You may experience just one of these side effects, several of them, or possibly none at all. This list of side effects is not inclusive, and you may experience side effects not listed here. If these side effects are of concern, or you are experiencing the more serious side effects, talk to your doctor.