I have to disagree with Heather. If you are hurting, by all means, take the Lortab. Generally, it is a great drug, and works well for most people in relieving pain. Unrelieved pain becomes a cycle, leading (at least for a while) to worse and worse pain. Once it becomes unbearable, lortab won't work. If two knock you out, try one, or one and a half tablets. NEVER EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED 24 HOUR DOSAGE!! Overdose of acetominophen is absolutely lethal to your liver. As time goes on (within a day or two) you will find yourself needing less tablets, less frequently, to control your pain. Taper off, and stop using the tablets when a simple anti-inflammatory (Motrin, etc) is sufficient to keep you relatively comfortable. You probably won't need the tablets for more than two or three days. People do become addicted to hydrocodone, but not generally when they are taken to relieve pain. If you stop taking them when they are no longer needed to control pain, then addiction is not a problem. I've used Lortab for pain as diverse as major ankle/foot surgery, knee surgery, and severe headache. It has worked well every time, and I stop when it is no longer needed to control pain.
"hmm, what is it about opiates that makes people sleepy? I mean, i thought that they only affected a person's brain. "
Where do you think the sleep centers are?
That's kind of a complicated question, but here's the short version. There are a number of receptors in the body for opioids. The two we are concerned with are the mu and kappa receptors, both in the CNS. Both are sensitive to natural body endorphins, which opioids mimic. Both are involved in analgesia and sedation, though mu seems to be more responsible for analgesia (and respiratory depression), while kappa seems to be more responsible for sedation. By stimulating these receptors, the opioid functions to provide analgesia, and cause sedation. Nutshell version.