What Detox Treatment is Available for Long-term Lortab Dependency?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), nearly 6 million people are dependent on prescription painkillers in the U.S. with many thousand new users each year. Overcoming Lortab abuse is not easy, but if you need to know what detox treatment is available for long-term Lortab dependency, here is some helpful information.
What is Lortab?
Lortab is an opiate narcotic that is prescribed for surgical pain or during recovery from an injury. Opiates affect the central nervous system and brain by blocking the opioid receptors that create feelings of euphoria by stimulating dopamine. Unfortunately, it has become a popular recreational drug and has led to an increase in abuse, dependency and addictive behavior as well.
Tolerance and Risk for Overdose
Chronic Lortab abuse may lead to tolerance. When tolerance occurs, the amount of the drug taken has to be increased in order to achieve the same results as with a previous dose. Constantly increasing the amount of Lortab will not only make it difficult for the individual to function, but it can also put the person at risk for overdose. Side effects of Lortab dependency include:
- Constipation/abdominal pain
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty urinating
Indication of Lortab Overdose may include:
- Oxygen depletion/bluish tint to fingernails
- Slowed heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Shallow breathing
Combining other medications with Lortab can be fatal.
Risk for Liver Damage
The ingredients in Lortab include a combination of Hydrocodone and acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol). Acetaminophen has been shown to increase the risk for liver damage/failure. Long-term Lortab dependency does not give the liver time to heal and the result is the buildup of scar tissue which may lead to liver failure.
Signs of Lortab Dependency
There are obvious physical signs of Lortab dependency; however there are also psychological and behavioral signs that someone may be struggling with Lortab abuse. For example, it is not uncommon for individuals to “doctor shop” in order to gain access to additional prescriptions for the drug. Or, they may habitually “lose” their prescription and need another one. Many individuals try to purchase Lortab from internet pharmacies, will ask others for some of their prescription supply or try to get it off the street. If they cannot access Lortab, it is not unusual for those dependent on the drug to begin using other substances.
Lortab Detox Treatment
Most doctors advise against trying to quit Lortab dependency cold turkey. Lortab withdrawal symptoms may begin as soon as a few hours after the last time the drug was used (depending on the severity of use) and can be very painful if there is no medical attention. The best detox treatment available for long-term Lortab dependency is an inpatient medical detox treatment that uses IV therapy throughout the process. If you would like more information on IV therapy and quitting Lortab abuse, call Gallus Detox Center today at 855-338-6929.