How Long Does Lortab (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen) Withdrawal Last?

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on January 25, 2023

Lortab withdrawal can start less than a day after your last use, and last for about 10 to 14 days. Medical professionals at a rehab center can help you manage your opioid withdrawal symptoms to avoid relapse and lower the risk of fatal overdose.

Lortab withdrawal symptoms can last for about 2 weeks after your last dose

Mild withdrawal symptoms such as runny nose and nausea may start less than a day after you stop taking Lortab, while severe withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting and cravings may occur as more time passes.

Lortab is a hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination product. It may be prescribed to treat chronic or severe pain. It is similar to Norco, another hydrocodone/acetaminophen painkiller.

If you experience Lortab withdrawal when trying to quit, you may be suffering from a substance use disorder, also known as hydrocodone addiction. 

Proper opioid use can help you avoid health risks related to Lortab, and professional substance abuse treatment programs in Ohio can help patients suffering from opiate addiction.

Lortab Withdrawal Timeline

Opioid withdrawal can begin less than a day after your last dose. Withdrawal symptoms can last for about 2 weeks after your last use, and some symptoms may occur at unpredictable intervals after the acute withdrawal period ends.

Each patient may experience withdrawal differently, depending on their severity and duration of substance abuse. Withdrawal symptoms may start mild and worsen as more time passes. The severity of withdrawal symptoms may cause patients to relapse.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Along with opioid cravings, acute withdrawal symptoms of Lortab may include flu-like symptoms such as:

  • insomnia
  • vomiting
  • anxiety
  • runny nose
  • muscle aches
  • mood swings
  • excessive sweating
  • hot and cold flashes

Hydrocodone dependence may lead to these symptoms when you try to quit. Acetaminophen may not cause physical dependence on its own.

Lortab Withdrawal Management

Trying to withdraw from Lortab cold turkey, or without professional help, can be dangerous. Drug cravings and other side effects can be difficult to handle on your own, and you may not have access to an adequate support system. These factors can lead to a life-threatening relapse.

Medical Detox Program

A medical detox program can place you in a safe treatment center in Ohio, where you can focus on your health under medical supervision. 

Your withdrawal symptoms can be managed by healthcare providers, and you may be prescribed approved medications for opiate withdrawal, such as methadone or buprenorphine.

At Ohio Recovery Center, our detoxification programs, behavioral health services, and medication-assisted treatment programs can improve your chances of long-term sobriety. 

To find out if our inpatient opioid addiction treatment options work for you or your loved one, please contact us today.

  1. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — Opioid Medications
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — Prescription Opioids DrugFacts
  3. National Library of Medicine: StatPearls — Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  5. World Health Organization (WHO) — Clinical Guidelines for Withdrawal Management and Treatment of Drug Dependence in Closed Settings

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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