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General Information on Dosing With Oxycodone/APAP

Some considerations for people taking oxycodone/APAP include the following:
  • The medication comes in the form of a capsule, tablet, and oral solution (liquid). It is taken by mouth, usually every six hours as needed for pain.
  • Oxycodone/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 the drug on an "as needed" basis rather than a scheduled basis.
  • It is best to take oxycodone/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 poisoning from the acetaminophen component, which can cause liver failure.
  • You may want to consider taking a laxative along with oxycodone/APAP, especially if you will take it regularly for more than a few days, as it often causes constipation.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently than prescribed without your healthcare provider's approval. If you have been taking oxycodone/APAP for more than a few weeks, do not stop taking it suddenly without your healthcare provider's supervision.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your oxycodone/APAP dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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