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Potential effects of high dosage are also listed in the OVERDOSAGE section.
Central Nervous System/Psychiatric: Anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, dysphoria, euphoria, fear, general malaise, impairment of mental and physical performance, lethargy, light-headedness, mental clouding, mood changes, psychological dependence, sedation, somnolence progressing to stupor or coma.
Endocrine: Hypoglycemic coma.
Hypersensitivity: Allergic reactions.
Musculoskeletal: Skeletal muscle flaccidity.
Special Senses: Cases of hearing impairment or permanent loss have been reported predominantly in patients with chronic overdose.
DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE
Lortab Elixir (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution) (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution) is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance.
Abuse and Dependence
Hydrocodone can produce drug dependence of the morphine type and, therefore, has the potential for being abused. Psychological dependence, physical dependence, and tolerance may develop upon repeated administration of narcotics; therefore, this product should be prescribed and administered with caution appropriate to the use of other oral narcotic medications. However, psychological dependence is unlikely to develop when hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution are used for a short time for the treatment of pain.
Physical dependence, the condition in which continued administration of the drug is required to prevent the appearance of a withdrawal syndrome, assumes clinically significant proportions only after several weeks of continued narcotic use, although some mild degree of physical dependence may develop after a few days of narcotic therapy. Tolerance, in which increasingly large doses are required in order to produce the same degree of analgesia, is manifested initially by a shortened duration of analgesic effect, and subsequently by decreases in the intensity of analgesia. The rate of development of tolerance varies among patients.
Read the Lortab Elixir (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
Patients receiving narcotics, antihistamines, antipsychotics, antianxiety agents, or other CNS depressants (including alcohol) concomitantly with hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution may exhibit an additive CNS depression. When combined therapy is contemplated, the dose of one or both agents should be reduced.
The use of MAO inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants with hydrocodone preparations may increase the effect of either the antidepressant or hydrocodone.
Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions
Acetaminophen may produce false-positive test results for urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid.
Read the Lortab Elixir Drug Interactions Center for a complete guide to possible interactions
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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