Vicodin (acetaminophen and hydrocodone): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. It is a pain reliever, and also sometimes used as narcotic. It is used to treat many problems like a headache, muscle pain, back pain, tooth pains, fevers, and colds.

Information about Vicodin:

Hydrocodone can slow or stop your breathing. It’s not to be used if the person is suffering from liver diseases. Avoid taking more acetaminophen than prescribed, because the overdose can cause liver damage and death. This medication may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. If you are having these symptoms nausea, pain in your upper stomach, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, jaundice, clay-colored stools. Avoid alcohol consumption while taking acetaminophen. The drinking of alcohol more than 3 beverages per day it will damage your liver.

Take the permission of your doctor before using in the conditions like cold, allergy, pain. At very rare, skin reaction and redness can be caused by the acetaminophen, immediately call your doctor.

Dosage pattern of Vicodin:



Acetaminophen-hydrocodone 300-5mg 1-2 tablets orally for every 4-6hrs needed.

Maximum dose:

Acetaminophen-hydrocodone 300-5mg 8 tablets orally for every 4-6hrs needed.

Dosage should be adjusted based on the severity of the pain and response of the patient.


IV (intravenous):

Adult weight about 50kg and above can take 1000mg for every 6hrs, 650mg for every 4hrs, with a maximum single dose of 1000mg at minimum dose interval, is 4hrs. The maximum daily dose of acetaminophen is 4000mg per day.

Adult weight of about 50kgs and below can take 15mgof acetaminophen for every 6hrs or 12.5mg/kg for every 4hrs, maximum dosing time interval is 4hrs, and the maximum dose required daily is about 75mg/kg per day.  Orally there are no adjustments is required between IV and oral.

Children dose for fever:

Child about 28-32 weeks:

IV dose: 10-20mg for every 12hrs

Oral dose: 10-12mg/kg dose for every6-8hrs, the maximum daily dose is 40mg/kg per day.

Vicodin overdose:

The main sign of acetaminophen overdose is nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, confusion, sweating, and the other symptoms also include dark urine, stomach pain.

Overdose symptoms:

  • Pain and swelling of abdomen
  • nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heavy Sweating

Vicodin side-effects:

  • Blood in urine
  • Lower back pain
  • Itching and skin rashes
  • Skin and eyes became yellow
  • Weakness
  • Sudden fall in the urine output
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • High fever with chills

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