I have mod to severe back pain and my doctor gave me 5/500 dosage and I found myself taking two just to keep the pain level somewhat manegerable. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you
Vicodin is the the drugs hydrocodone and acetominophen. The strongest dosage of this formula is 10/750 which is 10mgs hydrocodone with 750 mgs of acetominophen. The maximum acetominipohen one should take in 24 hours is 4000 mgs.
You may need to let the doctor know that one of the 5/500 is not working and ask if you can take two, that way if you run out before the prescription is refillable the doctor can know why and can make arrangements for you to receive more medicine.
Hope this helps,
When you are looking at the numbers in the drug names, just remember that the smaller number is generally the mgs of the opiate & the higher number is the amount of the non-narcotic med (for instance, acetaminophen/Tylenol).
You're not at any high risk at the rate you now take, but remember that if you're doubling up (or more) on your own, you may be taking way too much acetaminophen which is highly dangerous to your kidneys. Oddly enough, much more dangerous than the actual narcotic that it's mixed with!
- Vicodin Information for Consumers
- Vicodin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Vicodin (detailed)
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