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Lortab Elixir Alcohol Interaction

Lortab Elixir Alcohol

Lortab Elixir which is Hydrocodone and Alcohol with acetaminophen is the generic name for a family of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers which are sold under the brand names Anexsia, Dlorex Forte, Hycet, Liquicet, Lorcet Plus, Lortab 10/500, Lortab 2. 5/500, Lortab Elixir, Maxidone, Norco, Polygesic, Stagesic, Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Xodol, Xodol 5 and Zydone.

Do not drink alcohol while using this drug not even moderate drinking as the side effects will be greatly increased.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Hydrocodone is a strong narcotic pain reliever.

Acetaminophen is a less strong pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.

The combination of these two drugs is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Before starting this drug advise your physician if you drink more than 3 alcoholic drinks per day, ever had irrhosis of the liver, asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, breathing disorders, liver or kidney disease, history of head injury, brain tumor, low blood pressure, stomach or intestinal disorder, underactive thyroid, Addison’s disease, adrenal gland disorder, curvature of the spine, mental illness or a history of drug or alcohol addiction, allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are feeling anxious, dizzy, drowsy, mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, headache, mood changes, blurred vision, ringing in the ears or dry mouth. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, feeling faint, confusion, fear , unusual thoughts or behaviour, seizure, problems urinating, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay colored stools or jaundice. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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