Substance Use

Lortab and Alcohol Substance Abuse

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Mixing Alcohol With Lortab: What Are The Dangers?

Mixing Lortab (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) with alcohol can intensify both substances’ adverse effects. Using both at the same time can lead to life-threatening consequences. Mixing alcohol with Lortab — or any other medication — can damage your liver, cause mental difficulties, and lead to many other serious consequences.

Here, you’ll learn more about Lortab, what happens when you mix this drug with alcohol, and signs and symptoms that you or a loved one may be abusing Lortab, alcohol, or both.

Note: Lortab in pill form is no longer available in the United States (in the U.S., it’s available in liquid form only), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued a warning about counterfeit pills.

If you or a loved one is struggling to stop mixing Lortab and alcohol or are showing signs of substance abuse or addiction, Zinnia Healing can help. Contact us online or call us at (855) 430-9439.

Lortab: What is It?

Lortab is a combination of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a slightly modified codeine molecule and is the main ingredient in several prescription pain management medications, such as Vicodin. Lortab is often abused for the high, even when people don’t have chronic pain, and it’s often taken together with alcohol.

Between 1999 and 2019, opioid-related drug addiction deaths increased fourfold. For many people, their initial experience with opioid painkillers began with a doctor’s prescription for pain management medication, such as Lortab.

In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), of the 9.5 million people aged 12 and older who reported misusing opioids in the previous year, 9.3 million had a prescription. While healthcare providers now understand Lortab and its dangers much better, these medications are still important in the management of chronic pain.

Symptoms of Lortab abuse can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Blurry vision
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Seizure

Contact your healthcare provider or emergency department immediately if you notice any of these signs.

A prescription from a medical professional doesn’t necessarily mean a drug is entirely safe or that a patient will use it exactly as prescribed. If you’re concerned about your Lortab use or that of a loved one, call Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439. If you’re not quite ready to talk about it, you can also reach out to us online.

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Mixing Alcohol and Lortab: The Dangers

In the U.S., alcohol is one of the most commonly used substances. For many, drinking is a daily ritual — for others, it’s part of weekend events or special occasions. But many individuals struggle with alcohol abuse.

If Lortab is also part of your daily ritual, whether as a pain management routine overseen by your physician or illicitly obtained, mixing it with alcohol is not recommended. In fact, Lortab and alcohol should never be mixed.

Some side effects of Lortab and alcohol when mixed include:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Slower heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • High blood pressure
  • Mental health issues
  • Impaired coordination
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Behavioral health problems

By itself, hydrocodone can be effective for chronic pain management. If it’s misused, with or without a prescription, it can lead to addiction and dependence.

What Happens When You Mix Lortab and Alcohol?

If alcoholic beverages are mixed with hydrocodone, associated risks are compounded. Lortab’s main ingredients — hydrocodone and acetaminophen — and alcohol act as depressants and can:

  • Damage the liver
  • Damage the central nervous system (CNS)

When taking Lortab or drinking alcohol, these substances separately produce similar intoxication.

Mixing alcohol and Lortab can:

  • Enhance the euphoria of both substances
  • Slow reaction times
  • Impair judgment
  • Dull pain in the body
  • Lead to extreme highs
  • Cause “blackout” episodes
  • Cause mental health issues
  • Cause alcohol poisoning
  • Increase the potential for dual-dependence
  • Lead to overdose
  • Substantially increase the risk of death

Acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol) is known to cause liver damage when used in high amounts, with 3000 mg per day considered the highest safe dose. Lortab, with both hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is especially damaging and risky. Compounding this risk with alcohol is a grave triple threat with potentially life-threatening results. It can be especially dangerous for a person with substance use disorder or family history of prescription drug abuse.

Recommended Reading: What Happens When You Mix Alcohol with Prescription Drugs?

If you’re struggling with an addiction to Lortab or alcohol, help is just a phone call away. Zinnia Healing’s caring specialists can offer helpful treatment suggestions for your unique situation, whether you need inpatient or outpatient treatment or could benefit from a treatment center therapy program. Reach out online or call (855) 430-9439.

Long-Term Effects of Mixing Lortab and Alcohol

Both Lortab and alcohol relieve pain by depressing the central nervous system. Ongoing alcohol use can lead to alcohol use disorder (AUD). The combined misuse or abuse of alcohol and Lortab together intensifies the intoxicating effects of both substances. The effects of alcohol and hydrocodone together come on faster and more severe than using just one of these substances.

In addition to the immediate effects of Lortab and alcohol use listed above, this combination also presents long-term effects.

Long-term effects of mixing alcohol and Lortab include:

  • Seizures
  • Liver damage
  • Liver failure
  • Brain damage

All these effects combined can increase the chances for other side effects, such as auto accidents if driving a vehicle or physical altercations — in both scenarios, the potential for great bodily harm exists.

Zinnia Healing Can Help

Struggling with a substance abuse problem or substance use disorder (SUD) isn’t easy — but there’s help and there’s hope in an addiction treatment program. If you or a family member struggles with Lortab addiction or alcohol addiction, you may need a medically assisted detox program.

Reach out to us online to learn more about treatment options, or call one of our caring specialists at (855) 430-9439. There is hope. Let us help you take the first step on the road to your recovery.