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Vicodin Dosage

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The maximum recommended Vicodin dosages are designed to limit the total amount of acetaminophen to 4 grams (4000 mg) a day or less. Higher doses of acetaminophen increase the risk of serious liver damage. Therefore, make sure to watch for any other sources of acetaminophen, including other prescription pain relievers and many over-the-counter (OTC) products, such as Tylenol®.
 
To be safe, all other acetaminophen products should be avoided while you are taking Vicodin, unless you are extremely careful to limit your total acetaminophen use from all sources added together to 4 grams per day. For the old products, the acetaminophen content of Vicodin is 500 mg per regular-strength Vicodin tablet, 750 mg per Vicodin ES tablet, and 660 mg per Vicodin HP tablet. For all three of the new products, the acetaminophen content is 300 mg per tablet.
 
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 every four hours around the clock, as this would exceed the recommended maximum daily amount.
 

General Information on Your Vicodin Dosage

Considerations for people taking Vicodin include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed for pain.
     
  • Vicodin 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 Vicodin on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis.
     
  • It is best to take your dosage with food, as this may help reduce stomach upset.
     
  • Be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose of Vicodin, 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 Vicodin, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Vicodin Withdrawal).
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Vicodin, 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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