What Is in Watson 503 Lortab?


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Lortab pills with the imprint WATSON 503 contain 10 milligrams of hydrocodone and 650 milligrams of acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever that works by changing the brain's response to pain, while acetaminophen is a milder pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.

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Taking Lortab sometimes causes impaired thinking, slow reactions, drowsiness, dizziness and lightheadedness. Because of this, it is best for patients to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until they know how Lortab affects them. Drinking alcohol while taking Lortab can magnify these side effects. Other potential side effects of Lortab include nausea, vomiting, constipation, anxiety and abnormally happy or sad moods. Patients are advised to report these side effects to their doctor if they are severe or unrelieved.

Because hydrocodone is sometimes habit-forming, patients are advised to use Lortab only as directed by a doctor. Patients are also advised against sharing this medication with others, especially those with a history of addiction. Increasing the dose of Lortab or taking it more often than directed may lead to symptoms of overdose, including narrowed or widened pupils, slow or shallow breathing, sleepiness, seizures and cold, clammy or blue skin. If overdose is suspected, immediately contacting poison control or emergency services is recommended.

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