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When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take Maxidone include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed for pain.
  • Maxidone 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 a scheduled basis, even if you are not in pain. Most healthcare providers prescribe Maxidone on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis.
  • 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.
  • It is best to take Maxidone with food, as this may help reduce stomach upset.
  • 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 Maxidone, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Hydrocodone/APAP Withdrawal).

Dosing Information for Maxidone

The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Other medications you are taking
  • How you respond to Maxidone
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
In most cases, the recommended dosage is one tablet every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain, not to exceed five tablets in 24 hours.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Hydrocodone/APAP Dosage for more information.)
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