Thursday July 31st 2014

How much hydrocodone is too much?

How much is too much hydrocodone? The safe amount of any narcotic depends on a person’s individual tolerance to opioid medications, as well as mode of ingestion.

However, it takes a significant amount of hydrocodone itself for the medication to be fatal – about 9 times the normal therapeutic dose. Still, hydrocodone is almost always packaged in a combination product with acetaminophen, which must be taken exactly as directed to avoid serious health problems (snorting hydrocodone acetaminophen is particularly dangerous). In this article, we’ll look at safe amounts of hydrocodone and acetaminophen doctors prescribe. And we invite your questions about how much hydrocodone is safe at the end.

Hydrocodone strengths

Hydrocodone is not generally available as a stand-alone drug. Instead, the strength of a hydrocodone dose depends on the formulation and other medications included in a combination, and for what purpose. Hydrocodone is available as a painkiller, mixed with acetaminophen or other non-narcotic pain medications, as well as in prescription cough syrups. Typical hydrocodone formulas and strengths follow. In general, hydrocodone detection time in urine is more likely when you are drug tested within 24 hour of use.

1. Generic pain formulas

Hydrocodone is generally taken combined with acetaminophen, to lower its potential for abuse. In combination with acetaminophen, hydrocodone available in the following strengths:

Tablets: 5mg hydrocodone, 500 mg acetaminophen, to be taken every 6 hours as needed

Oral elixir: 5 mg hydrocodone/333 mg acetaminophen, or 10 mg hydrocodone/500 mg acetaminophen, taken every 4-6 hours as needed

Oral solution: 10 mg hydrocodone/325 mg acetaminophen, or 10 mg hydrocodone/300 mg acetaminophen, every 4-6 hours as needed

2. Generic anti-tussive cough medication

For children: 20mg/day divided into 3-4 doses each day

Ages 12-adult: no more than 10 mg/dose

3. Brand name hydrocodone formulas

Probably the most well-known brand-name hydrocodone product is Vicodin, which contains 5 mg hydrocodone and 500 mg acetaminophen. There have been a variety of brand-name products over the years, many of which are now only available in the generic formulation. Other brand-name hydrocodone/acetaminophen drugs, like Lortab, have the same amount of active ingredients.

How much hydrocodone is safe?

To be honest, hydrocodone is safer than the acetaminophen it’s usually combined with – which can cause liver problems at fairly low doses. You’ll almost certainly overdose on acetaminophen before you experience problems from hydrocodone. In fact, the FDA is currently advising drug manufacturers to limit acetaminophen in hydrocodone combination products to no more than 325 mg per dose to avoid overdose. Taking more than 4 grams of acetaminophen in one day can poison you and cause permanent liver damage, even liver failure.

As for the hydrocodone itself, the safe amount of any narcotic depends on a person’s individual tolerance to opiod medications. Hydrocodone is usually started at smaller initial doses. This is a determination that needs to be made by the prescribing doctor, and may change over time as a tolerance to the effects of the hydrocodone develops.

Hydrocodone for pain

Hydrocodone is generally available in 5-10 mg, immediate release doses. If you’re taking 5 mg tablets with no more than 500 mg acetaminophen, it’s safe to take 2 tablets every six hours. More than that, and you risk an overdose from the acetaminophen contained in the medication.

Hydrocodone for cough

The dose of hydrocodone cough syrup depends on the person, and factors such as size, body mass, severity of cough, etc. No more than 10 mg (usually 15mL of cough syrup) should be taken at one time, and should not be taken more frequently than every 6 hours. Taking more hydrocodone increases risk of becoming addicted to the pain medication at higher doses.

How much hydrocodone can you take at once?

Only 10 mg of hydrocodone should be taken at one time. Higher amounts can raise the likelihood of adverse side effects or can potentially cause an overdose in an opioid naive person. Furthermore, never take more than 1000mg (1 gram) of acetaminophen at one time – higher amounts can cause liver damage which may not be immediately obvious.

How much hydrocodone to overdose?

Again, it takes 1-4 grams of acetaminophen to overdose. Hydrocodone can be fatal at 90mg, but it may be possible to overdose at lower amounts if you have not developed a tolerance for the medication. This is why it’s very important only to take hydrocodone medications as directed.

Toxic levels of hydrocodone in the system

You can overdose on hydrocodone taking any form of the medication, but it’s much more likely when combined with acetaminophen or another non-narcotic painkiller. Crushing the hydrocodone and either snorting it, or dissolving it in water and injecting it, increases your risk of overdose. Abusing hydrocodone pain medications, such as Vicodin, can result in acetaminophen overdose, especially if more than two pills are taken at a time.  Plus, if you take hydrocodone regularly over time, you can expect symptoms of withdrawal from hydrocodone when you lower or stop dosing.

How much hydrocodone is fatal?

If you’re taking a hydrocodone medication without acetaminophen, 90 mg at once is the reported lethal dose of the medication. (This will, of course, depend on the hydrocodone user – habitual abusers can have a higher tolerance for opioid medications.) However, more than 4 g of acetaminophen in combined hydrocodone medications can be fatal as well.

How much hydrocodone should I take?

You should take the amount of hydrocodone prescribed to you by your doctor. Never take more than recommended by a medical professional, and only take this oral medication as directed.

How much hydrocodone questions

Do you still have questions about hydrocodone safety? Please leave us your questions here. We are happy to respond to you with a personal, quick reply. If we are not able to answer your questions about hydrocodone, we will refer you to someone who can.

Reference sources: DEA: Hydrocodone
Medline Plus: Hydrocodone
Toxnet: Hydrocodone
FDA Safety Communication: Prescription Acetaminophen Products to be Limited to 325 mg Per Dosage Unit

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63 Responses to “How much hydrocodone is too much?
AB
3:48 am September 12th, 2012

I am not concerned about taking large amounts of Hydrocodone, but I am interested in how long you can take a low daily dose without problems. I have been taking one 5 mg pill per night for RLS for about 6 years. It has worked great and better than anything else I have tried. I may need to increase that to two pills per day soon but would like to know at what level It begins to becomes a potential addiction problem. I don’t feel like the one pill per day has become any problem, but what about one and a half or two per day. Where is the threshold for a problem? Thanks

12:15 pm September 15th, 2012

Hi AB. Great question! Thanks for asking about the addiction potential of hydrocodone.

Basically, hydrocodone addiction is different and distinct from physical dependence on hydrocodone or tolerance to hydrocodone. Addiction is accompanied with psychological need for a drug, drug cravings, and/or needing a drug to cope with emotional and psychological stresses in life. On the other hand, you can be physically dependent on hydrocodone, develop tolerance to it (needing higher doses to achieve initial therapeutic effect), and experience withdrawal symptoms if you lower or stop hydrocodone doses….without being an addict.

You are most likely physically dependent on hydrocodone at this point. Do you notice signs of psychological dependence? It sounds like you’re following dosing and prescription guidelines. Also, have you spoken about your concerns with your prescribing doctor?

Danielle
4:32 am October 9th, 2012

I am curious about crushing the medication? Could that increase the fatality of high doses?

1:34 pm October 15th, 2012

Crushing an extended or controlled release version of hydrocodone results in ALL the hydrocodone being released at the same time and can lead to overdose, especially in an opioid-naive individual.

Tasman
12:57 pm November 6th, 2012

How do I know if the Rx I have for hydrocodone has acetominiphen in it? The bottle says HYDROCO/APAP 7.5 MG/ 500MG.

I take 2 tablets every 4-6 hours during day and nightime hours. My wife is bugging me that this is too much but it’s the only thing that lightens my severe headaches.

12:42 pm November 13th, 2012

Hi Tasman. You can always call the pharmacy where you picked up the prescription and ask for clarification.

If it’s a white, oblong shaped tablet, it’s like that the 500 mg is acetaminophen, an extra strength version of this NSAID pain reliever. Be aware that the daily limit for acetaminophen is 4000 mg of acetaminophen a day. Taking more, especially 7000 mg or more, can lead to a severe overdose if not treated.

anna
5:53 pm December 28th, 2012

hi
i have a friend who took 3 hydrocodone/acetaminophen with some alcohol
yes it is very dumb stuff. however is the first time she ever do it . my question is for doing that only one time what are her chances of being ok
and also for 3 week 4 week pregnant woman how bad is this on the fetus
as you know there are many people who abuse alcohol and many other thing and babys end up fine this is why i ask if for someone that has done this only one time what is the possible outcome

10:43 am December 31st, 2012

Hi Anna. Once the hydrocodone and alcohol has passed through her system, and acute intoxication has been metabolized, your friend should have minimal risk of long term effects of mixing hydrocodone and alcohol ONE TIME. However, should it happen again, call 1-800-222-1222 for the National Poison Control information center to learn more about symptoms of overdose and what you can do to make sure that she is safe.

Check out this article review for more information on fetal alcohol and drug effects: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14629781

Joanie
6:10 pm February 24th, 2013

My 91 year old mother in law is dealing with severe nerve pain from shingles. She is on hydrocodone apap 10/325. Currently 2 pills every six hours. Just changed to 2 pills every four hours. She is 85 pounds and is in bed 21 hours a day. Can she overdose on pills every four hours? Also on lexepro.

10:03 pm February 24th, 2013

Hello Joanie. Your mother-in-law has probably developed a higher tolerance for hydrocodone, especially if she has been taking it for longer than three weeks at daily dosing. Tolerance accounts for the more frequent dosing. In other words, the every six hour dosing was probably increased because her body has grown tolerant to the effects of the opioid drug and she may not be able to get pain relief for the full 6 hours. This is why it was cut down to every four hours.

If you are concerned about overdose, please consult the prescribing doctor and/or your local pharmacist. You should have your fears and worries understood and the facts explained in a way that you can understand. Keep asking until you are satisfied with the response.

jake
5:28 am February 25th, 2013

hey everybody my best friend just took 8 7.5mg hydrocodone pills and smoked 2 bowls of weed will he be ok im just scared is he gonna b alright?

1:47 pm February 25th, 2013

Hi Jake. You can call the National Poison Control Centers for an unbiased, medical opinion. You may need to report symptoms and describe what you see happening in front of you. Then, they can help assist you in next steps.

jman
1:28 am March 2nd, 2013

I have mild scoliosis in the lower lumbar spine. I have frequent pain in my lower back and upper shoulder blade. I have been taking Hydrocodone/APAP 10mg/500mg tabs. I usually take a total of 3 every week. I recently got into working out and bought a lot of supplements. I wanted to make sure mixing Hydrocodone with these supplements will be okay. I am currently going to take a multivitamin, omega-3, liver support containing milk thistle, cissus quadrangularis(joint repair), boron(apartate), L-arginine(AKG), Beta alanine, L-histidine, L- norvaline, Alpha- Glycerylphosphoryl choline, Bioperine, and a Pro hormone with ingredient 2a, 17a-dimethyl-5a-androst-3-one-17b-ol. Sorry if this is to much i just want to be safe. thanks for any help i can get on this.

6:35 am March 3rd, 2013

Hi jman. The best expert to ask about combining hydrocodone with supplements is a pharmacist. I’d suggest that you go or call your local pharmacy and schedule a brief 10 minute consultation to clear up these questions. Prepare a list of all the supplements you plan to take and for how long, and you should be able to get the answers to your questions fairly easily.

Twinkie
9:52 pm March 10th, 2013

I took 7.5 mg at 9 am then 7.5 at 10:45 am then 7.5 at 1pm then 5mg at 2
I’m 21 weigh 133 pounds
I feel great on it but after I feel so tire like I’m going to fall asleep
Is this just a side effect?
Is this too much? Been taking lortabs for 3 months now usually 10-15 mg a day but today I didn’t have to work so I went for it
Any educated answers would be appreciated!

2:12 pm March 11th, 2013

Hi Twinkie. Drowsiness is one side effect of hydrocodone. But check in with your pharmacist and prescribing doctor to report the side effect and ask more about dosing. Perhaps there is an adjustment to be made.

Bri
10:58 pm March 25th, 2013

This was really helpful and answered my questions above all the other articles I read. Thank you!

Barb
9:35 am March 31st, 2013

I was prescribed 5ml elixir every 4 to 6 hrs of Hydrocodone. Does anyone ever have hallucinations? And can this dose become addictive?

ChucK
8:42 pm March 31st, 2013

Hi,
I will be taking hydrocodone/acetaminophen 10/325 to aliviate the pain of local injections during surgery.
I’m scheduled to have skin cancer removed from my face in the AM and thyen Plastic surgery in the PM. This surgery will be completed with local injection
The general rule for taking this pill for pain is, one every 4 hours. I don’t think that will kill the pain of those deep injections. Can I take two tablets every 4 hours, as I think that’s what it will take to kill the pain? What is your recomendation?
Thank You,
Chuck.

Rene Gabriel
4:23 am April 5th, 2013

Thanks a bunch,Ablog! Didn’t even know such great advice was available on line! I’ve been worrying myself sick over taking two
10/325s at a time, once or twice a day. My Dr of ten years prescribed it for me a year ago,and my current PCP tells me,”go ahead,take it”.
I’m big and strong,and 68,and getting too old to fear that many things,but addiction is a bugaboo to me.I’ve developed a case of
osteoarthitis that gets quite painful at times,so I take the hydro sort of preemptively,at times. My problem is that I’m wondering if it’s the temporary relief or the mild euphoria that inclines me to take it.
Can you take it from here? Wide open to advice. Thanks again.

2:07 pm April 6th, 2013

Hi Rene. Well, if you notice that the euphoria turns you on, that’s something to be careful of. It could really be a combination of the two that makes taking hydrocodone so pleasant! Speak with your prescribing doctor about these thoughts, and see if there is another option for osteoarthritis that might address diet, lifestyle, or anti-inflammatory medications. Getting hooked on hydrocodone is a pain, and one that can cause much inner turmoil. To pre-empt this, also consider talking with a psychologist about the REASONS you like it so much, and work on developing alternatives.

Michael
5:13 am April 7th, 2013

120 pounds been Taking 10/325 hydrocodones twice a day a break of 10 hours between doses is this to much?

11:21 am April 7th, 2013

Hi Michael. Please consult a pharmacist or your prescribing doctor with this question. We are not medically certified to answer this question.

joanne
12:48 am April 8th, 2013

mi grandfather is 81 yrs of age has 1 stage of Alzheimer’s and he was prescribe 10/660 of vicodin and he has to take it every 6 hrs would it be ok to give it to him 4-6 hrs

11:18 am April 8th, 2013

Hello Joanne. This is a question for your grandfather’s prescribing doctor or pharmacist. You’ll need medical clearance before increasing frequency of dosing of hydrocodone before moving forward.

Tinker Bell a cry for help
3:06 am April 14th, 2013

Hi, I am 30 years old and weigh 125lbs. I have been taking Lortab 10/500 on a daily basis for around 3 years. At first it started out with me only taking “1″ 10/500 three times a day. I have gradually moved up to taking a total of “20″ 10/500 a day. When I get up in the morning i take 5 pills at once, then 5 more mid day, 5 more around 7pm, and then 5 more pills before i go to bed. I feel like i have to have this medication to function. I have tried to stop but when i do i get very sick I have nausea, severe diarrhea, i sweat profusely. I really want to stop. The only reason i started taking these pills is because i have severe anxiety and panic disorder and they made me feel normal and not afraid of everthing… PLEASE HELP I DID NOT MEAN TO GET IN THIS SITUATION AND I DO NOT WANT TO DIE. I JUST WANT TO HAVE CONTROL OF MY LIFE AND FEEL BETTER. WHAT CAN I DO? I TRIED REHAB AND IT DID NOT WORK FOR ME.

6:06 am April 14th, 2013

Hello Tinker. The symptoms you describe are characteristic of withdrawal. You may need medical supervision during detox, and you’ll also need to address possible underlying anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders. However, help is out there. Call the National Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP for more information and to find a treatment center near you.

Bryan Fullerton
7:32 am April 21st, 2013

Hi, I am usually taking 2 norcos, a night to sleep. But 2 just doesn’t do it would I OD if I would take 3 at once? The dosage is 10/325.

8:44 am April 22nd, 2013

Hello Bryan. Check in with your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist with questions about Norco doses. Generally, once you are opioid tolerant, gradual increases in doses can be tolerated by the body much better than if you were not used to the medication. But you need medical clearance before you alter your medication.

susan
7:22 am May 26th, 2013

for arthritis—taking 5 mg ( but 2 pills) at once of hydrocodone…for my pain —once a day. Is this safe. the only thing that helps.

5:29 am May 28th, 2013

Hello Susan. If you are taking hydrocodone as prescribed, you may develop physical dependence on it. This means that you’ll go through withdrawal if you take it daily for more than a few weeks at a time. Did your doctor or pharmacist review this risk with you?

Franzue
4:01 am July 31st, 2013

I’m 70yrs old. Two months ego I had a Whipple Surgery procedure. After 15 day a was sent home to take Hydrocodone Acetominophen 5-325 1 tabl. twice a day. In the beginning I just took 1 tabl. every 24hrs for the pain, but after one month I stop taking for 48hrs. My simptoms were very strong anxiety and muscle weakness but no pain it all and it was imposible to sleep. So, I decide to take 1/2 tabl. and I felt normal again for only 12 hrs. to the present. The pain from the surgery is gone, but I noted that I have physical dependence to the Norco. Do you thing that I should take 1/3 of tabl to reduce time/concentration and get free of depency? Thank you..

Franzue
4:08 am July 31st, 2013

Upps….this Franzue. My question was 1/4 of tabl. and not 1/3

8:19 am August 13th, 2013

Hello Franzue. You’ll need to consult with your prescribing physician on a dosing calendar for coming off hydrocodone.

George
6:22 pm August 31st, 2013

I have been taking Hydrocodon-Acetaminophn 10-325 for 8 + years. I am having memory issues. I can’t remember some things long term and I am having problems with short term also. Is this to be expected?

I am 66 years old. I have had several major surgeries in my lifetime.

12:15 pm September 2nd, 2013

Hello George. What does your doctor say about this symptom? Also, ask a pharmacist about long term use of opioids and memory related issues. Finally, search for these keyword terms on Google for more:

site:.gov opioid long term memory

Allen
4:19 am September 22nd, 2013

Hello, I have had constant back pain for 15+ years. I went to a back doctor (yet again) last June because it is getting worse with age and I needed something. I tried 4 unsuccessful back procedures, then they reverted to medicine. Started light, like 5/325′s 2x day, but eventually last year ended up taking as many as (6) 10/325′s per day. I also had a traumatic event happen to me in August of last year, triggering severe depression, anxiety, etc. Now, I’ve found that ALL the psych meds they started last October don’t seem to help me unless I take at least (2) 10/325′s in the morning. Until that time, I am very shaky, jittery, shaking my legs violently, etc. So it seems obvious I am dependent on the drug, and want to get off. I even did a 30 day outpatient program for the psych issues and told them I also wanted to get off the hydrocodone, but we only got it to those 2 pills a day with 2-3 more on some afternoons.
Basically, I can live on 2 pills in the morning, but can’t drop below that. Is it really such a big deal on 2 pills that I need to go in-patient, or use subloxone to get off? It seems like it would be overkill going to a 30-day clinic for 2 pills? I just don’t know what the best course is, and my psychs just kind of ignore it, like it’s not their problem.

Shelly
10:47 pm October 2nd, 2013

My question too is about need for relief vs. addiction/health concerns, as well as where the concern for abuse is headed. I have fairly severe nerve damage in my back now (confirmed through MRI- causes “burning sensation” regularly), as well as degenerative disk issues in numerous spots along my spine. I am an active 42 -yr old woman (regular yoga/pilates, etc.) but seem to get NO real relief from anything OTC any longer. My doctor prescribes me up to 50, 10-325 mg. prescription refills on a regular basis (every month or so), as a result of two MRIs to identify the issue. Two questions really. First- is this safe and how much (daily) could cause me a problematic addiction problem? There are days that I seem to need 1 1/2 pills for any relief at all and others I take nothing. Secondly- although I feel no actual “addiction” to the medication, I am wondering if I am building up too much tolerance. I am also a bit worried as my doctor’s policy on refills have changed so much now (used to refill for up to six months and now request is required monthly), that I am frustrated. I feel like I have had the testing completed, am a person that HATES feeling like I need this help at all and irritated that others are abusing the drug now that I feel I need that is causing me a lot more loopholes to jump through. Just want to understand more about my own needs/levels perhaps, and make sure I am not a part of the “problem” as a patient in need. Thank you for any insight!

SL

11:29 am October 3rd, 2013

Hi Shelly. Daily dosing of hydrocodone will cause physical dependence which is characterized by withdrawal symptoms upon dose cessation. Tolerance is highly individual and may occur as a result of daily dosing. You can always work with your doctor to reduce doses every now and then to account for tolerance (also a predicted phenomenon). The monthly refills may be inconvenient, but as long as the medicine helps you…are you do not crave it, your risk of addiction is fairly low. Continue taking as prescribed, but also look into alternative pain management techniques and therapies.

Addiction specialist
7:27 pm October 7th, 2013

Be careful of overdosing, its a sneaky monster that grabs when you don’t expect it. I’ve OD’d a couple of times, both times not intentionally. It goes like this:

You’re taking something, but after an hour you think, ‘hmmmm, I don’t the feel the effects like I usually do — let me try another’. You do that, but after another hour goes by you think, ‘still not there yet, I don’t know what’s wrong with me today’….pop another one……..next thing you know you’re waking up in the emerergency room with tube-thing crammed down your esophagus.

Note: the bezodiazpines are easier (and sneakier) to overdose on than are the opiate pain killers. You have to watch out for the benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Klonopin. By contrast, the opiate pain killers, well you can ‘detect’ when you’ve had too much — before ODíng — because of nausea & passing out briefly, waking up, passing out again, that type of thing.

I don’t think anyone would OD off of 15 mg. hydrocodone. I highly, HIGHLY doubt it. In fact I’d be surprised to find out that anyone ever has before. My best guess, based on experience, is that > 20 mg. at one time will be flirting with danger. Although many drug addicts can take 70 mg. hydrocodone at one time (!) without ODíng.

Dmyers
11:48 pm October 29th, 2013

I am prescribed hydrocodone one tablet every six hours as needed. How many pills should I be getting per month?

1:44 pm October 31st, 2013

Hi Dmyers. Doing the math, that should be between 90-120 pills per month, depending upon whether or not you’re allotted 3 or 4 pills daily by your doctor.

Chuck Harris
6:34 pm November 12th, 2013

I have been taking 1-2 tablets of 5-500mg hydrocodone a day for several months for back pain, but, additionally, I consume 1-2 drinks a day. Sometimes I notice if I take one hydrocodone and a few hours later when back pain starts kicking in I have a beer or a sampler-size rum I can keep the pain at bay without having to take another hydrocodone. My worry is liver damage, though recent blood work shows normal liver function. Can I continue this way?

2:40 pm November 13th, 2013

Hi Chuck. Mixing alcohol with CNS depressants that are narcotic in nature is not safe. If you want to stop, is there is way that you can address the back pain without opioid hydrocodone?

Chuck Harris
3:28 pm November 13th, 2013

I have been through several treatments of epidural and trigger point injections and only getting about 10 days relief at best. Have also tried acupuncture with limited results, so I’m left with only the hydrocodone for treatment. My main concern in all this is what the 1-2 drinks a day coupled with 1-2 5-500mg hydrocodone will do to my liver. I’m not alcoholic but do enjoy a drink at the end of the day, which, as I mentioned earlier, keeps me from taking more of the hydrocodone.

12:36 pm November 14th, 2013

Hi again, Chuck. I’d suggest that you take your concerns to either a pharmacist or an internist (the doctors that specialize in internal medicine and organs). You’ll get some helpful advice as well as experience in learning about the toxic effects in the long term of mixing hydrocodone with alcohol. I wish you all the best.

Junior
7:45 am February 7th, 2014

I just had surgery and my doctor prescribe me hydrocodone/acetaminophen 7.5 325 T and I feel that it hasn’t work should I ask for more mg because the one I have 325 and I’ve token 2 but still nothing . My weight is 151 and height is 5’5

Martha
6:25 am February 12th, 2014

I take 1/2 at 1000 pm and another 1/2 at 1100pm for arthritis pain 750 mgs this addiction?

melissa mullins
12:22 am February 18th, 2014

Will 3 hydrocodone 10 mg raise my opiate level on drug test if taken 3 hrs before

Mr. T
7:26 pm March 1st, 2014

I’m in my mid 50s and work daily in a sedentary office environment, but on Saturdays I do work in the garden and around the house. At the end of the day, I used to take NSAIDs, but they really don’t help much. Now, I generally take 2 hydrocodone (5-325 each for a total of 10 mg hydrocodone) and that seems to help with the back and joint pain I have by Saturday afternoon. If I do this every Saturday, what concerns should I have about any health or addiction risks?

robyn
6:40 pm March 12th, 2014

I personally can easily take 3 10s at once, along with an 800mg ibuprofen and sgill not be pain free.. and thats every 4 hours. My liver function is great but my renal function is impaired. I have renal colic due to numerous kidney stones. Its ironic how the medications we take to help one problem always seem to cause another problem. Sigh…

Angel
11:07 pm March 13th, 2014

Hello! I just found this blog and happy to know I’m not alone. I have taken Vicodin/hydroodone 7.5/325 for the past year and half every day. I guess the positive side is that I’ve only taken one a day however; the pills I have now says 3 times a day but I take 2. Sometimes I take them at least 2 to 3 hours apart. My question is, is this safe and what am I doing to my kidneys and liver? Oh I forgot to mention I was diagnose as being Pre-diabetic. Help!!!!

Tammy
3:43 am March 26th, 2014

I have been taking 5-325 MLG hydrocodone for over a year and my tolerance is built up. I took 12 of them in. 10 hour period today. I am scared and feel sick. Not sure what to do

DW
2:17 am April 18th, 2014

From reading above it does not seam like I have a problem. I have Stenosis of the spine and I am now on 7 to 8 a day of 5 /325 In addition I am on 6 Gabapentin pills, two prescription NSAID’s and a muscle relaxer. All of this together does not affect me in any way as far as feeling high or euphoric. At these levels I still develop enough pain where I have to go lay down on a wedge for an hour or two in order for the pain to get back under control. I also deal with pain in my legs almost all the time. If they can get the pain under control will I have to worry about being addicted?
Right now if I do not use an alarm clock I forget to take my pills for as much as an hour or two past the time I am supposed to take it. The only reason I remember then to take them is the pain has increased to the point where I say, Oh yea I forgot to take my meds.
So should I be concerned?
Thanks DW

roger ringo
6:21 am May 5th, 2014

my doctor put me on hydrocodone 10/500 4xa day as needed. I was on those for about 5 years
I told her to drop them down to 10/325 because my liver was getting sore I didn’t tell her that.but
I wanted to cut down the Tylenol that’s in it. now I have been on the 10/325s for about 5 years
I been on them for osteoarthritis all together 10 years now. I am physically dependent on Norco
10/325 I cant take nsaids makes me bleed. .I told doc. I was hooked on them he told me I was managing them good keep doing what I was doing I had two docs tell me that .I take some days 2
at the most 3 but I don’t want them any more but I cant stop because the pain is worse.the doctors get you on drugs . and now try to make it hard to get them after they made you a junkie.

troy
6:55 pm June 11th, 2014

I am having horrible dreams, Is that normal

Angelea
5:22 pm June 12th, 2014

I take 7.5/325 of hydrocodone 4 times a day. How many pills will equal .031 mg/l ? Thank you.

Connie
10:07 am July 12th, 2014

I have severe sinus/allergy problems. Can not eat high acidity foods, elements i.e., dust, moles, and cannot tolerate strong perfumes (inhalants). Went to a family function 10 days ago and nursed a very very strong pina colada made with vodka!!! I thought if I put a lot of ice in it…..it wouldn’t bother me. Nope, didn’t work. Then Sunday used a Walgreens Purell that knocked me over with the fragrance. Couldn’t wait to get home and wash my hands off….I did but I couldn’t get rid of the smell. Even my mouth went sour!!! I have arthritis with neck and lower back problems so I have Vicodin for pain from my Pain Management doctor. He increased it from 5-325 to 5-500 because my head is killing me, my jaws, my teeth, the back of my head. I am in agony. I know it took awhile to come on probably 4-5 days but it hit me like a ton of bricks!!! He told me that I can take one pill then wait at least 3 hrs. before I take another one. But…..how many mgs. of acetamenophine can you take per day? I don’t want to overdose. Thank you.

Angel
5:06 pm July 16th, 2014

I have what’s called a dry socket by my dentist and it’s extremely painful, he prescribed me 7,5mg of hydrocordone I took it at 12pm but the pain continues so I took 2 Tylenol forgetting that I already took 1 hydrocordone. Is this safe or should I induce vomiting or visit the E. R.?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
1:01 pm July 17th, 2014

Hi Connie. Here’ s a link you may find useful. It contains info and guidelines for proper Vicodin use: http://www.vicodin.com/hcp/vicodin-dosing-administration
At the end of the page you’ll also find guidelines for dosage and administration of Vicodin.

Schill
5:17 am July 21st, 2014

I just found this site while searching up a new medication via Google. Then I saw this thread in the “Latest Comments” section. I saw that it said something about Vicodin and a small part of me had to click on it. So I started reading a few comments and now, am writing this. I am so glad I quit using Norcs. (Norco). I was taking them for about 5 years. Been clean since December 1st 2012. The last year and a half of me taking them, I was up to about 450mg/day, (45 – 10/325 tablets). Opioid painkillers are really addicting, even if you only take 1-2 pills a day, whether they’re 5/325 – 5/500 or 10/325 hydrocodone/acetaminophen. If you have been taking them for any extended period of time, for pain management, injury, surgery, etc… chances are, you may not be addicted, but you will likely develop a physical and/or mental dependency. It is not fun. I would take the lowest dose NEEDED (for pain relief) and as few per day as tolerable. Because when/if the day comes that you will no longer be taking them, due to losing medical insurance, not being able to afford them, your injury has gotten better, or your doctor decides you don’t need them anymore? Whatever the circumstances, you will be glad you were smart about your dosing. Opioid withdrawal is the worst thing (physically) that has ever happened to me. Worse than the 11-ish broken bones, getting hit and totaling my car and getting jumped/mugged. It is a nightmare and can last from a few days to a few months. Obviously will vary, depending on the person, amount taken daily and the length of time taken. Hope something in here can help someone, at some point…

Oh and the Adult MAX safe recommended dose of Acetaminophen (Tylenol/A-Pap) per day is: 4g or 4000mg. So basically no more than (8) 5-500 Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen tablets… Anything more can be harmful to your liver.

jean
8:45 am July 24th, 2014

I have been taking 1/2 a hydrocodone ’5-325′ pill once a day for 4 months. Is it safe to just stop taking this….,( I cut it in half taking the half a pill at bedtime each day.)

2:39 pm July 24th, 2014

Hello Jean. You’ll need to consult with your prescribing physician or pharmacist to set up an individualized tapering plan specific to your medical history. But generally, short term use of hydrocodone manifests less severe/intense withdrawal symptoms and can be detoxed from the system without complication.

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