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Hydrocodone/APAP Dosage

General Information on Dosing With Hydrocodone/APAP

Considerations for people taking hydrocodone/APAP include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet, capsule, or syrup form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed for pain.
  • Hydrocodone/APAP is either taken "as needed" or on a scheduled basis. "As needed" means you will only take a dose if you are experiencing pain (if you are not in pain, you will skip the dose), while "scheduled use" means you should take it on schedule, even if you are not in pain. Most healthcare providers prescribe hydrocodone/APAP on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis.
  • It is best to take hydrocodone/APAP with food, as this may help reduce stomach upset.
  • Be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose, as this could lead to overdose symptoms or to poisoning from the acetaminophen component, which can cause liver failure.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking hydrocodone/APAP, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Hydrocodone/APAP Withdrawal).
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your hydrocodone/APAP dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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