Vicodin 5/500 Tablets
A healthcare provider may prescribe Vicodin to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults. Of the three strengths of Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) tablets on the market, 5/500 Vicodin tablets are the lowest strength available. However, the dose of Vicodin your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, such as how you respond to Vicodin, other medical conditions you may have, and other medications you are currently taking.
When using regular-strength Vicodin 5/500 tablets, the recommended dose is one to two tablets every four to six hours as needed, but not to exceed eight tablets in 24 hours. The maximum recommended Vicodin dosages are designed to limit the total dose of acetaminophen to 4 grams (4000 mg) a day or less. Higher doses of acetaminophen increase the risk of serious liver damage.
You should not take Vicodin around the clock at the minimum interval between doses. For instance, even though it is okay to take a dose four hours after a previous dose, you should not take the maximum dose of Vicodin dose every four hours around the clock, as this would exceed the recommended maximum daily dose.
Note: In 2012, Vicodin 5/500 was replaced by Vicodin 5/300 to contain less acetaminophen and comply with federal laws. Generic versions of the 5/500 strength may still be available until January 2014.
(Click Vicodin Dosage for more information on using 5/500 Vicodin tablets for treating moderate to moderately severe pain. This article also discusses the factors that may affect your dosage and offers tips on effectively using the medication.)