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Can you overdose (OD) on Vicodin?

What happens when you take too much Vicodin? You can overdose.

How much Vicodin can you take at once?   No more than 2 Vicodin tablets. Because many people don’t know this,  most drug overdoses are unintentional. So what can you do to protect yourself from an accidental Vicodin overdose? In this article, we’ll explore that question in more depth, along with the risk factors for Vicodin overdose. Your questions about Vicodin OD/overdose are welcomed at the end.

Can you overdose on Vicodin?

Yes, you can overdose on Vicodin. At relatively low doses, Vicodin can cause permanent liver damage which may not be obvious at the time. At higher doses, Vicodin can be deadly. How? Vicodin contains hydrocodone, an opiate painkiller which is difficult to overdose on, and acetaminophen, another analgesic medication with a very low overdose threshold. In other words, the addition of acetaminophen in the Vicodin formula may prevent misuse of hydrocodone, but can cause acute overdose symptoms that you may not expect.

And your risk of a Vicodin OD increases if you are taking Vicodin to get high. Vicodin abuse increases your risk of death and overdose. This medication should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor. You’re much more likely to overdose when you chew, crush, snort or inject Vicodin pills.

What happens when you overdose on Vicodin?

The most dangerous complication of Vicodin overdose is liver failure. Vicodin overdose can not only cause you health problems down the road, but it can potentially kill you.

How many Vicodin is too much?

So, how much Vicodin to overdose?  In general, doctors recommend no more than 1 gram of acetaminophen at one time. Taking more than 4 grams of acetaminophen in one day can poison you and cause permanent liver damage, even liver failure – and many medications contain 500-600 mg of acetaminophen per dose.

Vicodin typically contains about 500 mg of acetaminophen, making it unsafe to take more than two at a time. However, the safe dose of Vicodin will vary between different strengths and formulas you might be taking. Because some versions of the drug may have more acetaminophen than others, it’s important to carefully check dosage instructions. Because of this,you should only take as Vicodin much as your doctor recommends, and take it only as directed.

Vicodin overdose help

If you’ve taken a high dose of Vicodin and experience adverse side effects,you should seek medical attention immediately. With acetaminophen-containing medications, you have about 12 hours before you’re likely to experience lasting damage – but it may take just as long to experience overdose symptoms. If you suspect you’ve taken too much acetaminophen for any reason, seek emergency medical assistance as soon as possible.

Overdose on Vicodin questions

If you have any questions about safe amounts of Vicodin in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about Vicodin, and will try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

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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21 Responses to “Can you overdose (OD) on Vicodin?
8:58 pm July 18th, 2013

ive been on vicodines for three years due to a back condition. Im now taking 8-9. 10/325 a day and i also drink beer every day. Is this a deadly amount to be taking?

12:22 pm July 19th, 2013

Hi Tina. I’d suggest that you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an expert opinion. While you may have a high tolerance for hydrocodone, mixing the two depressants can be dangerous. How risky? Call the experts for an assessment.

4:41 pm December 1st, 2013

I took 60 Vicodin 3 days ago in a failed suicide attempt.
My nose is now peeling.
can I expect permanent liver damage from the acetomenaphine?

5:32 pm December 1st, 2013

Hello Chuck. Have you sought medical advice? I’d suggest that you see a doctor ASAP.

1:54 am September 2nd, 2014

I took 2 7.5-300 vicodin for knee pain Am I safe

9:13 am September 2nd, 2014

Hello Terri. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for immediate medical assistance from a poison expert.

2:45 am August 26th, 2015

Is there a danger in taking a half a Vicodin. If so what makes it dangerous to only take a half?

11:36 am August 27th, 2015

Hi Sally. There shouldn’t be any danger from taking a half. But, if you are not prescribed Vicodin and take some it is considered prescription medication abuse and is illegal.

9:59 am December 16th, 2015

Hi all, I took 15mg of vicodin ever four hours . Am I ok?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:48 pm December 16th, 2015

Hello, Jessi. Does your doctor prescribe that Vicodin dosage? If yes, you should be ok. But, you can still ask for a second doctor’s opinion or call a pharmacy to get more info.

7:45 am January 15th, 2016

I took half pill v 3605 is it safe

5:33 am October 13th, 2016

a friend of mine told me i can get off hydrcodone by taking saboxen is it true and how do i get the saboxen

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:54 pm October 13th, 2016

Hi Lisa. Suboxone is used in medication-assisted treatment to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates, such as pain relievers like morphine. You may find more information here:

Also, I’d suggest that you speak with a doctor before taking anything.

Jon Doe
4:54 am November 20th, 2016

I take 2 -10 mg vikes every a.m.
then I take a 3rd usually by snorting about 8 hrs later. Sometimes I take even more. Is there a way to separate the acetemetaphine from the good stuff so I get a better safer high? Is it normal to have an increased number of errections while on vicodin

12:08 am May 15th, 2017

Aloha yes I have been trying to get off of Vicodin. I have been on it since 1998 I am now trying to kick the habit I am on my fourth day in a feel like I’ve been run over by a horse and I’m wondering how long does it take to get my restless legs working in I still have a lot of coughing and fllu like Symptoms like I said this is the fourth day I still have a lot of back pain and leg pain that’s the reason why I was on it and but I’d rather deal with the back pain then have no liver. Is there any over-the-counter meds that can help me get through the cramping .I feel like I just wrestled Andre the giant. Well I’m on the beginning on my fourth day and I hope I can get through this they gave all the information I read take care wish me luck David

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:57 pm May 26th, 2017

Hi David. The safest way to quit Vicodin is by slowly reducing the daily dose. First, consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Moreover, speak with a pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, teas, home remedies, etc. to ease withdrawal symptoms. Finally, download our free e-book ‘How To Quit Opioid Painkillers’ to learn more about the process of ending opioids, here:

9:42 am June 28th, 2017

The main take-away for me is no emphasis on acetaminophen toxicity in reported od cases. doc told me to quit tylenol because of hi liver enzymes. Did bloodwork 2 wks later, enzymes normal. Taken as instructed, as needed, ive had no prob with opioids. Only much needed relief

8:35 am July 18th, 2017

I took 7 Vicodin over 7 hours. They are 5 mg. I am prescribed because of a foot surgery. I worried this was too much.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:15 pm July 19th, 2017

Hi Madeline. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

12:52 pm November 29th, 2017

Hi, im 18 years old and currently suffering with UTI infection, is it okay to take one pill of Vicodin to relieve my pain before i go to a Doctor? what are the chances ill get addicted?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:37 pm November 29th, 2017

Hi Jasmin. Consult with your doctor before taking any medications.

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