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:

Vicodin contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Now let us know about these both combinations in brief.

Acetaminophen is nothing but a pain reliever prescribed for headaches, back aches, fever, cold and etc. Before intake of this drug it is recommended to seek your doctor’s advice. Do not take this medicine if you are suffering from liver diseases. Hence, there may be other some situations where you cant take this drug.

Hydrocodone is recommended for getting relief from the pain. This drug is used as antitussive or also known as cough suppressant. The side effects caused by hydrocodone are nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, fainting, constipation and can also slow down 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 may even 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-coloured stools. Avoid alcohol consumption while you are undergoing this medication.

Take the permission of your doctor before using this medication for the conditions like cold, allergy, pain. At very rare cases, skin reaction and redness can be caused by the acetaminophen. If you observe any of these side effects then it is must to consult your doctor immediately.

Dosage pattern of Vicodin:



Acetaminophen-hydrocodone 300-5mg 1-2 tablets, should be taken orally for at least gap of 4-6 hrs (if required).

Maximum dose:

Acetaminophen-hydrocodone 300-5mg 8 tablets should be taken orally for at least gap of  4-6 hrs (if required).

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

The above mentioned dosages are just reviewed by our web users. For complete dosage instructions consult your doctor or an pharmacist.


IV (intravenous):

Dosage depends upon the weight and age of the patient. Hence, if the patient is an adult and his/her weight is 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 4 hrs.

The maximum daily dose of acetaminophen for adults is 4000mg per day. If the patient is an adult and his/her  weight is about below 50kgs can take 15mg of acetaminophen for every 6hrs or 12.5mg 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:

Even the dosages for child depends upon their  weight and age.

If the child is about 28-32 weeks then follow the below dosages.

IV dose: 10-20mg for every 12hrs

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

It is mostly recommended to consult your doctor before intake of any drug.

Vicodin overdose:

The major symptoms observed if you take overdose of this drug are nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, confusion, sweating, and the other symptoms also include dark urine, stomach pain and etc. Below are the symptoms that are experienced whenever you take overdose.

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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