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Lortab Withdrawal and Detoxification

Lortab Withdrawal and Detoxification

Lortab acts on the opioid receptors in the central nervous system to relieve the pain. It is a very useful drug when used for short durations for pain relief but the long-term use is not recommended. It diminishes the body’s natural capacity to tolerate pain by reducing the supply of endorphins. This user soon develops the physical and physiological dependence on the drug. Now when the user will not take the drug at timely intervals, withdrawal symptoms will begin to appear. The intensity of symptoms depends on the time duration of drug abuse, dosages, tolerance and individual factors. People who have become addicted face a tougher time while quitting the drug. It becomes much easier if the process is performed under a proper medical supervision in the rehabilitation centers. Controlled therapies and medicines are administered to reduce the withdrawal symptoms and make a pathway of safe recovery.

Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms

Lortab acts by blocking the opioid receptors. It not only alleviates pain but generates the pleasant feelings. However, with the continuous misuse, the body develops the dependence on the drug. It means the body will demand the drug to continue functioning normally; otherwise, withdrawal symptoms will get initiated. The withdrawal symptoms can develop within few hours after a final dose. The half-life of the drug is 4 hours. The drug gets cleared from the body in half a day and the body will start reacting to the absence of drug in the system. The severity of the symptoms will depend on dependency level or abuse. They begin to peak within 2 to 3 days and continue to trouble an individual for 3 to 4 weeks. There are several symptoms that are felt by an individual, which include.

Physical symptoms:

The physical signs and symptoms are more prevalent during the initial few days of stopping the drug.

  • Body aches
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Itching
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle pains
  • Palpitations
  • Tachycardia
  • Pupil dilatation
  • Sweating
  • Appetite changes
  • Insomnia

Psychological symptoms:

The psychological symptoms are more difficult to treat and can continue for many weeks. Individuals are more prone to self-harming activities during the depressive episodes.

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts

Timeline for Lortab Withdrawal:

  • First 24 to 48 hours:Lortab withdrawal symptoms begin to appear within few hours after the last dose of the drug. The physical symptoms are more prominent during this duration. The user begins to feel aches and pains in the muscles, bones, and joints. Nausea, sweating and abdominal cramping is also intense. The symptoms tend to further increase in intensity as the time passes.
  • 3rdto 5th Day: The withdrawal symptoms are at their peak during third, fourth and fifth days of stopping the drug. There is severe vomiting and diarrhea. So the chances of dehydration are greater and proper fluid therapy is required. The person also suffers from muscle aches and abdominal cramping.
  • 6thto 7th Day: The physical symptoms begin to subside. It’s the psychological symptoms that start during this time interval. Anxiety and intense craving are at the forefront. Further, there is difficulty sleeping, and irritability. Signs of depression can also be present.
  • 3rdto 4th week: The physical symptoms have abated by this time. Mild aches and cramping can still persist if the drug was abused for a longer duration. The psychological symptoms are present and they can continue for 2 to 3 months. The intensity of symptoms is quite less during this time interval.

Treatments Used to Ease Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms:

Acute Withdrawal symptoms: They are very distressing for the patients. They can be treated by administrating the following medicines.

  • Antiemetic for vomiting.
  • Propofol is used for sedation during Lortab detoxification.
  • Buprenorphine, Methadone, and Naloxone occupy the opioid receptors and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Clonidine can be used for treating high blood pressure.
  • Imodium for diarrhea.

Mid-term symptoms: The withdrawal symptoms during this duration include the sleep problems and mood disorders. The following medicines and therapies are given to relieve the symptoms.

  • Sleep aids to improve sleep.
  • Short-acting Benzodiazepines.
  • Antidepressants.
  • Group therapies
  • Counseling sessions.

Protracted symptoms: These include sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression that can persist for weeks and months. Following are the some of the therapies that are used for such symptoms.

  • Methadone replacement therapy.
  • Buprenorphine replacement therapy.
  • Lifestyle changes
  • The nutritious diet and adequate intake of water.
  • Physical exercises
  • Mental exercises like yoga and meditation.
  • Engaging in healthy activities.

Tapering method Vs Cold Turkey: When quitting some drug, it is usually recommended to slowly taper off the doses before finally stopping the consumption of the drug. It allows the body and brain to physiological adjust to the lower doses of the drug. Though it’s a time taking process, the symptoms are less severe and the success rates are higher.

Detoxification Process:

Detoxification is a crucial process for eliminating the drug from the system. It is an important part of the recovery process. During the detox, the body loses an excessive amount of fluids, nutrients, and electrolytes. There is also a high risk of aspiration of stomach contents. The anxiety and depression issues can add up to cases of self-harm and relapse. So detoxification process is not free of the complications. Therefore, it is recommended that it should be done in a proper facility under a proper supervision of trained staff. This not only reduces the chances of complications but makes the withdrawal period comparatively easier. A suitable medical therapy is provided to decrease the withdrawal symptoms. A continuous care is given to maintain appropriate fluid and electrolyte balance of the patient. The proper detox paves a way for a successful recovery.