What is Lortab?
Lortab 2.5/500mg contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen, also called Tylenol, is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.
The effects of hydrocodone can slow or stop your breathing. Lortab 2.5/500mg should not be taken in excess or for a longer period of time than prescribed. Even at regular doses, narcotic painkillers can become habit-forming. Do not share this medicine with anyone, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Make sure the medication is kept in a place where others cannot access it.
MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERUSE, OR DEATH, especially in children and others without a prescription.
Do not use Lortab 2.5/500mg if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. Call your doctor at once if you have nausea, pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).
Before taking Lortab
You should not use Lortab 2.5/500mg if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or hydrocodone, or if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.
Do not use Lortab if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
What is the best way to take Lortab?
Lortab 2.5/500mg should be taken exactly as prescribed. Make sure you follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Overdoses can cause liver damage or death. You should tell your doctor if the medicine doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to.
Even at regular doses, hydrocodone can be habit-forming. If you have a history of drug abuse or addiction, don’t give this medicine to anyone else. ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH CAN RESULT FROM THE MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE, especially by children or people without prescriptions. Lortab is illegal to sell or give away.
How does missing a dose affect me?
Lortab 2.5/500mg may not be taken on a schedule since it is taken as needed. If you take the medication regularly, take the missed dose right away. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose. Make up the missed dose with extra medicine.
How does overdosing affect me?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of acetaminophen and hydrocodone can be fatal.
The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
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