Detoxing from Lortab
Detoxing from Lortab is no different than detoxing from Vicodin, Percocet, Tylenol #4 with Codeine or generic hydrocodone or oxycodone. Lortab is a brand name for a combination oral analgesic that features a specified amount of acetaminophen (represented by the letters APAP) and a specified amount of the opioid hydrocodone.
Lortab is manufactured in several different strengths and combinations. The first number represents the number of milligrams of the opioid in the medication, and the second number represents the milligrams of acetaminophen, such that it is expressed as "hydrocodone/APAP."
- Lortab 2.5/500
- Lortab 5/500
- Lortab 7.5/500
- Lortab 10/500
- Lortab elixir 7.5/500
Generally speaking, addicts prefer the first number to be higher and the second number to be lower since the Lortab will deliver the highest narcotic amount while delivering the lowest acetaminophen amount.
When a person who is addicted to an opioid pain medication such as Lortab enters an addiction treatment facility, the first order of business is being detoxed. Detox is more a time frame to get an addict through withdrawals as easily as possible than it is a process in that the addict will be given specified medications under medical supervision for a period of 'so many' days, depending on how much Lortab the addict was consuming each day. The more the person is taking, the more difficult the withdrawal syndrome will be and the longer detox will take.
Lortab—and all medications like it—are short-acting drugs. They are not designed to remain in your system for very long. They have a short half-life. Therefore, the detox period for most addicts coming off Lortab is likely to be no more than five days. Medications used to detox Lortab addicts include clonazepam and Suboxone.
It is possible to detox at home from a Lortab addiction, but it is not recommended. Addicts should seek help from qualified medical professionals. Symptoms of withdrawal are severe enough to drive an addict back to drugs. Typically, addicts will try several times to wean themselves off Lortabs, or they will ask a friend or family member to hide their pills, but these schemes never work.
An addiction to Lortab is a serious medical problem that demands a serious medical response.