Lortab

Generic Name: Hydrocodone

  • What is Lortab?

    Lortab is a combination of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and the opioid pain medication hydrocodone, used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lortab?

    Lortab has the potential for dependence and abuse and should be taken in the dose prescribed, only for the length of time your doctor recommends.

    One ingredient in Lortab, hydrocodone, can cause severe side effects, including severe breathing problems and even death if not taken according to your doctor's directions, especially if you have never been exposed to opioids, are elderly or debilitated, or have conditions that can cause you to become oxygen-depleted.

  • Who should not take Lortab?

    Do not take Lortab if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or other opioids.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lortab?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lortab. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver, kidney, lung, or thyroid problems, a history of alcohol abuse or drug dependence, stomach problems, a history of head injury, or low blood pressure. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dosage of Lortab 2.5 milligrams (mg)/500 mg and Lortab 5 mg/500 mg is one or two tablets every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Do not exceed eight tablets per day.

    The usual dosage of Lortab 7.5 mg/500 mg and Lortab 10 mg/500 mg is one tablet every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Do not exceed six tablets per day.

    The usual dosage of Lortab Elixir is one tablespoon every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Do not exceed six tablespoons per day.

    Children ≥2 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child based on his or her weight.

  • How should I take Lortab?

    Take Lortab exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    Accurate dosing of Lortab Elixir is very important. A household teaspoon or tablespoon is not an accurate measuring device. It is strongly recommended that you obtain and use a proper measuring device. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for help to find a dropper that can measure the dose properly.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lortab?

    Avoid alcohol and other medications with acetaminophen, such as Tylenol products or over-the-counter cold and cough medications.

    Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lortab?

    If Lortab is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Lortab may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.

  • What are the possible side effects of Lortab?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: anxiety, constipation, difficulty in breathing, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, impaired mental and physical performance, light-headedness, nausea, rash, sedation, vomiting

  • Can I receive Lortab if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lortab during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lortab?

    If you miss a dose of Lortab, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Lortab?

    Store at room temperature.