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Lortab Elixir

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INDICATIONS

Lortab Elixir (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution) (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution) is indicated for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Dosage should be adjusted according to severity of pain and response of the patient. However, it should be kept in mind that tolerance to hydrocodone can develop with continued use and that the incidence of untoward effects is dose related.

The usual adult dosage is one tablespoonful every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. The total daily dosage for adults should not exceed 6 tablespoonfuls. The usual dosages for children are given by the table below, and are to be given every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. These dosages correspond to an average individual dose of 0.27 mL/kg of Lortab Elixir (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution) (providing 0.135 mg/kg of hydrocodone bitartrate and 9 mg/kg of acetaminophen). Dosing should be based on weight whenever possible.

BODY WEIGHT APPROXIMATE AGE DOSE
Every 4 to 6 hours
MAXIMUM TOTAL DAILY DOSE
(6 doses per day)
12 to 15 kg
27 to 34 lbs.
2 to 3 years ¾ teaspoonful
= 3.75 mL
4 ½ teaspoonfuls
= 22.5 mL
16 to 22 kg
35 to 50 lbs.
4 to 6 years 1 teaspoonful
= 5 mL
6 teaspoonfuls
= 30 mL
23 to 31 kg
51 to 69 lbs.
7 to 9 years 1 ½ teaspoonfuls
= 7.5 mL
9 teaspoonfuls
= 45 mL
32 to 45 kg
70 to 100 lbs.
10 to 13 years 2 teaspoonfuls
= 10 mL
12 teaspoonfuls
= 60mL
46 kg and up
101 lbs. and up
14 years to adult 1 Tablespoonful
= 15 mL
6 Tablespoonfuls
= 90 mL

The total daily dosage for children should not exceed 6 doses per day. It is of utmost importance that the dose of Lortab Elixir (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution) be administered accurately. A household teaspoon or tablespoon is not an adequate measuring device, especially when one-half or three-fourths of a teaspoonful is to be measured. Given the inexactitude of the household spoon measure and the possibility of using a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon, which could lead to overdosage, it is strongly recommended that care givers obtain and use a calibrated measuring device. Health care providers should recommend a dropper that can measure and deliver the prescribed dose accurately, and instruct care givers to use extreme caution in measuring the dosage.

HOW SUPPLIED

Lortab® Elixir (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution) is a yellow- colored tropical fruit punch flavored liquid containing hydrocodone bitartrate 7.5 mg and acetaminophen 500 mg per 15 mL, with 7% alcohol. It is supplied in containers of 1 pint (473 mL) NDC 50474-909-16

STORAGE

Store at 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). [see USP Controlled Room Temperature] Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container with a child-resistant closure. A schedule CIII Narcotic

Manufactured for: UCB Pharma, Inc. Smyrna, GA 30080. Manufactured by: Mikart Inc. Atlanta, GA 30318. FDA rev date: 8/3/2000

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/30/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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