Vicodin ES Tablet Information
A prescription pain medicine, Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) contains two active ingredients:
- Hydrocodone bitartrate, a semisynthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever that acts similarly to codeine
- Acetaminophen, a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in nonprescription drugs such as Tylenol®.
Vicodin tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Vicodin 5/500 -- 5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate and 500 mg of acetaminophen
- Vicodin HP® 10/660 -- 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate and 660 mg of acetaminophen
- Vicodin ES® 7.5/750 -- 7.5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate and 750 mg of acetaminophen.
For Vicodin ES (extra-strength) tablets, the recommended dose is one tablet every four to six hours as needed, but not to exceed five tablets in 24 hours. To ensure your safety, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other medications you are taking, including nonprescription products, as well as any allergies you may have, including to any drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
(Click Vicodin for more information on this drug. This article looks at the factors affecting your dose and offers some details on what to expect while taking these tablets.)