Hydrocodone overdose: How much amount of hydrocodone to OD?

Hydrocodone overdose amount can occur in doses 90 mg or larger. More on how much amount of hydrocodone is safe for you and hydrocodone overdose here.

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What exactly is a drug overdose and can you overdose on hydrocodone?

Essentially, overdose happens when you’ve taken too much hydrocodone.  But the vast majority of drug poisoning deaths are unintentional. So can you prevent an unintentional hydrocodone overdose?  In this article, we’ll explore overdose prevention and review risk factors for hydrocodone overdose. At the end, we invite your questions about hydrocodone and overdose.

How does unintentional hydrocodone overdose happen?

There’s a few different reasons why you might accidentally take too much hydrocodone. First, because hydrocodone can cause you to develop opiate/opioid tolerance, you may not be getting adequate pain relief from your prescribed dose. Increasing the amount of hydrocodone taken or the frequency at which you take hydrocodone is an easy way to unintentionally overdose on hydrocodone. Taking hydrocodone to “get high” can also result in an overdose, particularly since users consume larger amounts of the drug than are normally prescribed.  Shooting or snorting hydrocodone apap can also trigger you to OD. Finally, some people intentionally attempt to overdose on hydrocodone as a form of self-harm or a suicide attempt.

Hydrocodone overdose – How much is too much?

The amount of hydrocodone that is too much for your body and can cause overdose depends on whether you’ve been exposed to opioids or opiates in the past. In other words, the amount of hydrocodone that is too much for you will be higher if your body is already tolerant to hydrocodone, opiates, or opioids. As doctors increase doses to accommodate patient tolerance, they consider a number of different variables, including your age, weight, general health, and any other medications you might be taking. So, how much hydrocodone is too much really depends on your body, health, etc.

Safe dosing levels of hydrocodone also depend on the particular formula you’re taking. Hydrocodone is available in different strengths, and typically has some other kind of drug mixed in which can be easier to OD on than hydrocodone alone (ex. acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.).

However, there are some basic guidelines you can follow. 90 mg of hydrocodone at one time is reported as the known lethal dose in medical literature. This is 9 times the maximum amount you might normally be prescribed. But don’t think that just because you’re only taking two or three hydrocodone pills that you’ll be fine – many formulas contain acetaminophen, which can cause severe liver damage at relatively low doses.

Hydrocodone overdose complications

The most dangerous complication of hydrocodone overdose is slow or shallow breathing. Hydrocodone overdose can cause breathing to slow down, become more shallow, and even stop. Other medications combined with the hydrocodone may also cause overdose, or make these effects more pronounced.

Hydrocodone overdose prognosis

Hydrocodone overdose can be deadly. If you find yourself in an emergency hydrocodone overdose situation, prognosis and recovery without long term damage is possible if breathing has not been compromised. Sometimes doctors will even give you medicine to help reverse the effects of hydrocodone toxicity. In a more serious case of hydrocodone overdose, your doctor may administer oxygen to help you breath better. Even if you survive, the lack of oxygen reaching your brain can cause permanent brain damage, particularly if you don’t receive immediate help.

Hydrocodone overdose death rate

Can you die from hydrocodone?  Yes. Unintentional hydrocodone deaths by overdose are unfortunately on the rise.  Part of this is simply because there’s been a nationwide increase in the use of narcotic painkillers.  Overdose and death are more likely in men than women, and both genders are more likely to experience overdose in the working years of their lives. Prescriptions for higher doses of hydrocodone increase the risk of overdose dramatically. And the misuse and abuse of hydrocodone by recreational drug users accounts for a larger portion of the increase in drug poisoning deaths. You can find more up-to-date information about the mortality rate from hydrocodone toxic poisoning, or overdose, by searching the National Vital Statistics System for mortality due to hydrocodone drug overdose.

Hydrocodone overdose amount questions

Any kind of hydrocodone abuse will pose the risk of death and overdose. Note that hydrocodone should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor. You’re increasing your risk of overdose when you chew, crush, snort or inject hydrocodone.

If you have any questions about safe amounts of hydrocodone in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about hydrocodone, 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; Boxed Warning Will Highlight Potential for Severe Liver Failure
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. not a good week so stupidly i pushed my limits last night taking an absurd amount of norcos. I had 25, though I started with 11 I took about 4 a few times more after feeling where it would put me. slowing down consumption at one point but overall not overly powerful for how stupid dangerous and reckless that was.

    I ended up taking 25 7.5mgs over a 4 hr period. Obviously there is a million factors but my question is: how hard is it to od on? (by itself not as a pharmacocktail) I read 90 but I am assuming no tolerance
    I understand oxy because the range of the pill strength is so large you dont have to take 8 or 16 pills 10mgs or 5mgsyou just can take 1 80mg pill, so not paying attention or having no tolerence it seems easy to od on.

  2. I want to die. I’m done with this world I’ve outlived my good and I have ALS plus a stroke. I have 31 Norco, 42 klonopin, and 16 lunesta. Is this enough to kill me or do I need to drink alcohol with it. I’m very serious about my decision. I thought about doing the legal suicide pills but it’s not in my budget. At this time because of the ALS I haven’t worked in 9 years. It’s coming to an end on it’s own. But I don’t want to die alone and my husband is leaving me. I have no family that I can turn too. I have a son but he’s only 18 and he knows what my future holds for me. I also weigh 160 pounds and am 5’10”. I suppose that makes a difference. I would call in and talk to you but I lost my ability to speak about 5 years ago. Part of the disease.? Please help me!!!

  3. Felt really sweaty n realized I grabbed a container of my HYDROcodone instead of my vitamins! Their NORCO 10-325 n I think there were 10-11 in there…I only take one if I can’t sleep at nite cuz my knees r throbbing (bone-on-bone)so I don’t take them on a regular base, n I worked out hard earlier today n am feeling really tired n am afraid to lay down? When will it b safe for me to take a nap???

  4. what could be outcome for 56 year old female taking hydrocodone w codeine, 325/5 8 times daily with Halcion 2 tabs daily and soma 4 pills daily. I have the dosage amount somewhere for several months

  5. A portion of my .5 mg hydracodone has been stolen and cannot be legally replaced. Can i use Tylenol 3 temporarily until my prescription can be refilled?

  6. I am a cancer patient I have bee use to taking 4 of the 5/325
    I most recently was prescribe with 10/325. And without realizing it I took 4 of the 10/325, thinking I was taking the 5/325. It has been twenty minus and I feel fine.will I be fine.

  7. I read that 90 mg of hydrocodone can be fatal. I have a prescription for hydrocodone apap 5 325 mg tab is this a safe dosage

  8. If i take 10 5mg hydrcodone all at once will i die? Dont want to take a little to alleviate pain if i wont be able to do this. Please say yes im in too much pain nobody knows the amount its agony. I cant walk very well and im pretty sure im dying they should have put me on fucking hospice already. Thx

  9. I am a 42 year old woman who has been taking hydrocodones for over 5 years. I started out on 120 7.5/325 a month for about a year then my dr moved me up to 120 10/325 for the last 4 year’s. I’ve recently told my dr that they don’t seem to be helping nearly as much. After reading this I’m concerned about my liver. Can you plz just give me your opinion on what the chances are that I could experience problems with my liver.

  10. I take 2- 10/325 Norco, 3 x a day, I took a dose at 2:30 pm and I forgot and took another dose at 4:30…I’ve been on these for 8 yrs for spinal chronic pain, but worried if this will be too much?! Not having any issues but just took them 20 min ago? Don’t want to call poison control for something stupid, too many ?’s lol

  11. Joan you cab bring your dog to the vet and they will put her asleep the safe way for free. At least my vet did but I was taking my dog to her for over 10 years

  12. I am 135 pounds 5 .2 I take 60 mls a day in liquid hydrocodone acetaminophen 7.5 is this to much I don’t want to die !!!! I take it because whit my knee arthritis on there my kneecaps it gets really painful can I work on my feet all day if I don’t take it I can work but I don’t want t to die either is this a safe dose to take ??

  13. Hi there. So I’m on the liquid form of Hydrocodone/acetaminophen and it recommends taking 15 ml every four hours, so I was taking about a tablespoon every four hours but as this didn’t help me much I decided to go for 2 tablespoons every four hours, sometimes more frequently than that. I now begin to shake after a few hours of going without it. I recently took almost 3 tablespoons within the span of about 1 hour ish. Should I be concerned or will I be okay taking it the way I’m taking it

  14. My back is killing me I took 30 mg morphime xr and 1 hydrocodone 10 mg about a hour a go and no relief? Safe to take another Hydrocodone?

  15. I have taken Narco 10/325 for at least the last 15 years. I usually take 3 or maybe 4 per day. Due to the results of a surgical problem I have to crush/chew my pill in order to swallow them. Yes, I chew the Narco 10/325. My pain continues to get worse. I have spinal stenosis. I am concerned about overdosing. Can you please tell me how may would I have to take to overdose? Silly question, however, I do not want to overdose and I would like to be careful not to do it. I cannot fine any information which actually tells me the specific number of pills. Thank you for your help.

  16. Is my son ok he has 7.5mg of the liquid form he was giving some his dose of 3ml of it at 10 pm and then a half a dose 1 1/2ml at 1am is he ok ? He’s not breathing different or anything like that just concerned I ment to do ibuprofen he is only 2 and weights about 30lbs

  17. Is my son ok he has 7.5mg of the liquid form he was giving some his dose of 3ml of it at 10 pm and then a half a dose 1 1/2ml at 1am is he ok ? He’s not breathing different or anything like that just concerned I ment to do ibprohen

  18. I have a male friend who is 6 ft. Weighs 325 pounds. Thats what he said. Anyeay, i really need to know what to do. He is on hydros for pain. He used to chew them up but now he snorts them. Ive never been around someone doing that and it scares me. But mostly how do i help him? Or can i?

  19. I usually take about 10 -15 10/325 a day . No side effects nothing . Trying g to get off them but it’s hard .

  20. I have a little dog with cancer. I have kept her alive for over a year and it is time. Her pain is very bad and she can barley walk. I had surgery 2 months ago and have most of the Hydrocodone pills left. How many do you think it would take to help her pass without pain if I make a powder and inject the mixture.

  21. how is this possible? A person with no opioid history with very little tolerance i assume. Take 45 pills of 10/325 Norco’s at one moment. that person then falls asleep for 3or4 hrs and wakes up with minor nausea but nothing else. shouldn’t that person be dead? He never believed in miracles before that night now he knows better.

  22. My dear friend recently passed away. He had a terminal diagnosis of cirrhosis of the liver (again) after having had a liver transplant six years ago. He began drinking again about five years post-new liver, sadly. He was found, deceased, by his wife, with a prescription bottle of hydrocodone at his feet. He had been depressed and had ascites and bloody stools, with a lot of abdominal pain. If he did indeed, overdose on hydrocodone ( no autopsy was done), how much time woukd have lapsed from the time of ingestion to the time this man passed? He was 6’2″, approx. 190 lbs. His legs were mottled and his face was blue. His wife said his core was still warm when found, but the medical examiner told her he was deceased for at lesst a couple of hours when discovered. I hope he didn’t suffer more, and that he fell into a gentle sleep without pain. Could it have ended this way for my dear friend?

  23. I recommend that if you are prescribed hydrocodone for pain, try to find out if there is an alternative. This is highly addictive and I would NOT let my sons take it after wisdom teeth were pulled. NOT worth the risk.
    Reason I say this, my sister-in-law is in ICU right now fighting for her life because she became addicted and felt she couldn’t get enough of it.
    PLEASE…. look for an alternative, not worth what can happen.

  24. My friend deliberately overdosed on vicodin after his wife died. He had used vicodin within the guidelines of his prescription for several years for a back injury. My question is – did he take the overdose that night or was he working toward it over time? How much did he need to take? He was about 250 pounds. I have their son with me and I want to KNOW how it works.

  25. If acitominiphen is even more dangerous than hydrocodone and too much acetaminophen or an overdose can cause irreversible liver damage or death, why is it most often combined with hydrocodone, which also has tragic consequences if taken in large amounts (90mg or more)? What does adding acetaminophen to hydrocodone accomplish? What is hydrocodone? What is acetaminophen?

  26. My brother in law just learned his grandma in a nursing home has been given hydrocodone for an unknown reason. She has been given 7.5/325, two pills twice a day for about 2 1/2 months. She is also receiving Tylenol tablets between the doses of hydrocodone she is in her mid 80’s and did weigh about 155 pounds. During the past 2 months she has deteriorated drastically. She now weighs 120 pounds and is no longer very alert. The past 2 weeks she has refused to eat or drink. She was moved today to a different nursing home. This is when we learned that she was receiving this medicine. Could this dose of hydrocodone along with the additional Tylenol have caused this deterioration? Am I wrong to think she was being overdosed?

  27. Ok, so what if fourteen year old girl, 5’2, around 100 lbs, took a 10/325 hydrocodone pill? There is no past drug experience so no tolerance. Will there be euphoria or is the pill too much and cause a high risk of death? could she OD on just that singular pill? What are the chances of od?

  28. Doctors(pcps)at MarthasVineyard hospital(MA),have to leave in a week,after many years,due to over prescribing opioids.I have seen a lot of these doctors in 30yrs,Even though,I may have stomach cancer and go back tomorrow,I think its crazy.I was only trying to get my life together,moved into FED.SUB.Housin(HILLSIDEVILLAGE)exsposed to asbestos,they wouldn’t remove it,nobody cared,lied in court,etc…got sick as hell,now I’m homeless,living in the same woods, where they found a guy who( o.d.)ed ,still had needle in his arm,last fall.I lost everything,even my sister.Brother is still dieing in md.I never wanted to live this way.Its not right.jonathan

  29. I took four NORCO 5-365 in the span of two hours. I just had surgery on my hand and also have a concussion. Unfortunately I took my dosage (two) and forgot I did so I took another two an hour later. I should be fine right?

  30. I am a 75 year old, 170 pound woman who has never taken hydrocodone before, or any codeine
    before. I am on a 2-3 pills a day of Hydrocodone 5 G-Acetaomophe 325 MG. I have taken it for fairly severe pain from fibromyalsia for the last four months.
    I have read so much about hydrocodone abuse and wonder what would be the amount I would want to stay under or what are safe amounts for me to take? I don’t like the out of control high and just want to know mounts for the future as I will probably begin to tolerate it. Want a guideline to stay under.

  31. I am 71, accidentally took 1 hydrocodone instead of tinzandie Felt gassy in upper left chest and throat for a few minutes. Should I be worried about going to sleep

  32. Throughout the day I have took 7hydro 7.3and 2percocet 7.3 I have been on pain mess for about 5yr. I am 300 pounds will I be ok I’m scared to go to sleep

  33. My daughter has liver damage from an overdose of 75 pills of tylenol, because she couldn’t get hydrocodone in Sept 2016 Almost died, 3 months later she started up again taking 2 or 3 hydrocodone at a time, Now is taking 5, 10/325 in one dose or 6 tramadols……what can I do

  34. Hello i am a 52 female . I am 226 pounds. I had been going to pain management for chronic knee and lower back pain. Since 2007 i have been having these problems. For 2 years i was given Tramadol but in time they just didnt work anymore.When i got sent to PM the doctor started me on 10/325 3 times a day. Was getting injections on my lower back and my knees. I was doing good with this. I then notice that after about one year later my pain level was starting to stay like in a 6/7 on a good day and would go up to 8 or 9. I tried to tell my doctor that something was not right . That the pain was not going away . But nothing was done. I myself started taking 2 pills instead of one 3 times a day. I kept trying to tell my doctor. Then next thing i know i went to an appointment and i was told that they no longer were taking my medicaid. This was in Dec. In November i had had injections on my knees. The day after i fell right on my knees , I tripped on my carpet. I ended up having to go to the hospital for the pain and i was told i had a concussion. I had called my doctor when it happened and he was the one that told me to go to the hospital.Anyway i was left in the cold. With a month on my meds. I was in so much pain and going though chills and stuff a day after i had no more.. A family member give me a pain pill and it helped alot. She ended up giving them to me cause she said she didn’t like them. She had others. I took them for 2 months. I found out they were opana 40mg. I have been trying to get back to pain management but no one is taking new patients or my insurance. I ran out of the opana and started taking morphine 30mg twice a day.Which i didn’t like. Went to the hospital and now i got the 10/325 and have an appointment to get a referral to get back into pain management. The thing is that they are not taking my pain away. I am taking 2 every 6 to 7 hours but still in pain. Do not know what to do. I wish i didnt have to take them. Is there anything else for pain that i could get. I want to ask my doctor but the last time i saw him he was like you need to get off them just go cold turkey.That the problem with my kind of people ended up asking for more. God knows that is not the case with me. I really need help;. What can i do? I do not want to take any more then the 2 every 6 hours…

  35. My mother took at first 6 hydrocodone 7.5/650 per day. It was after some time reduced to 4 hydrocodone 7.5/650.. So at first she was taking 3900 mgs of acetomenophen per day. This went on for several years. Ill say 12to15 years before it was lowered to 4 a day. Which is 2600 mgs of acetominophen per day every day. These were all dr prescribed. My mom did not drink alcohol at all. In 2012 a dr sent her to have a liver function test and well it showed severe cirrosis of the liver. She took them pills exactly as prescribed. And no she never od on them. The dr dismissed her as a patient less than a month after getting the results of the liver function test. That was the second dr to do so. Im saying 20 years of 3900- 2600 mgs of acetomenophen per day will give you cirrosis of the liver . as a non drinker. When my mom passed she was 90 something pounds. Her normal weight was 150-160 lbs.

  36. I have been taking Vicodins for 22 years now none stop about 7 or 8 a day as prescribed. My question is, can I O.D from taking Vicodin all these years because what’s in my system alreay? Or is over dose happen when amount taken at that time?

  37. I have a really bad migraine and I found a bottle of 5/325 hydrocodone there was one left in there from a wreck I had. The pill is broke in half is it ok if I take both halfs so basically the whole pill? I’m 5’8 and 120

  38. half 5-325MG hydroco/APAP on a 4-5 day once daily dose for various pains, are their any long term harmful effects. I realize its just a half pill however taking this medication at a small does for a long period of time. Please let me know if there is any danger in this method of pain relief.

  39. What is the general “fall off rate” of hydrocodone?? Or say, how long must one take this medicine before the dose must increase to help with the same amount of pain?? Even if always taken as directed?? What does opioids addiction depend on?? I know u don’t have to abuse to become addicted, correct??

    1. Hi Patty. I suggest that you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

  40. I have noticed that doctors are quick to prescribe this painkiller. I had sinus surgery august 2015 and the doc said I maybe only need a pill or two one day but he prescribed me with 30 pills. In my mind that is just asking for trouble. I end up using up over half of the pills because I was using it to sleep and I had a hard time to stop taking it. These doctors need to stop prescribing medication like it is candy.

  41. I currently take Hydrocodone 10/325 Acetaminophen – 3 to 4 a day for Chronic pain. I’ve had 3 cervical fusion surgeries and still major pain. I also developed stenosis-and degenerative disc in my back almost a year ago and have had injections and tens unit. So meds are for this pain also. I have had scoliosis which adds to the problem. My question is – If I have taken this medication for as long as 6 to 7 years daily – Is it possible to overdose as long as I take no more than 4 a da?. I record the timing of each med daily as well as strict guidelines at my doctors (pain management) as well as strict guidelines at the pharmacy. So should I be concerned of overdose? Thanks so much.

  42. I took 35mg of hydrocodone last night and was throwing up in the morning. I believe that I was throwing up blood because of the irritation in my stomach, is that correct? I don’t think there is anything truly wrong with me, but I am concerned about how my stomach, liver and kidneys will be in the future.

  43. I take 15 to 20 norco 7.5 mg everday, today i took that plus 4 tramadol and 1 20mg oxycodone. I feel fine and I wonder how I can take all of this and b fine everyday ???

  44. My husband, age 65, has been abusing hydrocodone 10/325 for several years. He has COPD & high blood pressure. He also abuses Soma 350 & gabapentin. He smokes 1+ packs per day & hardly eats any food. Lives on soda 8-12 cans per day. He also steals my pills(the same as his but I take as directed or less). I know he is in daily pain as he has had 8 back surgeries, but I don’t know what to do. I told his doctor once & she made him go without for a month, but then gave them back to him. I am at my wits end & just want to die myself to get out of the situation. What can I do??

    Forgot to say that he takes 12-13 hydrocodone 10/325 during the time he is awake ,each & every day which is about 12 hours.

  45. Hi this might be a bit long. I developed the worse back injury possible around 17 and im around 24 or 25 now. I been on 10mg hydros for about 7 or 8 years. At several points ive taken a maximum 12 to my shame at a time. And up to 20-30 per day…my back and legs never let me sleep or do anything other than work and im never happy. Even seen every best specialist in 2 states…it will never go away….my pain has made me unafraid of death or anything else but im curious. How much longer do you think my liver can hold up? Or kidneys?total about 8 years of abuse. Gradually moving from 6 per day to 8 to 12 to 14 to 20 to 25 and rarely in serious pain up to 30 per day.

  46. I’ve been prescribed hydrocodone acetaminophen 10 325. One tablet every eight hours. I’ve been taking three each day for about a month. I think I may have taken to this morning instead of just one. Is this dangerous to me?

  47. I was wondering if I should go to the ER. I took a Norco 10 at 4pm then I woke up at 6pm And took another Norco 10. I didn’t know for sure what time I took it. Until I had taken it. Should I go to the ER

  48. I have degenerative disk disease. I have began abusing norco 10. I take anywhere from 10-14 pills a day. I take 2 at a time every 2 1/2-3 hours. I know this is not good for me and I need to stop. Just how harmful is what I’m doing? Also I drink too. I’m 35 5ft 1 and weigh 135 pounds.

  49. A friend of mine and I used to take pills on occasion when we were in high school but never more than five at a time . My friend and I recently reconnected and while I no longer even drink alcohol his pill intake has dramatically increased to (from what he says) as much as 35 10 mg pills at one sitting. I’ve never wrote to one of these forums but wondering if my friend could die at any moment or if that is such a ridiculous amount he must be exaggerating. He says this happens at least 5 days out of the week , any info on his predicament and/or advice on what I should do to help him will be greatly appreciated.

  50. Hi, my friend is suicidal and depressed and keeps talking about how he wants to kill himself. I checked his internet history the other day and he seemed to be looking up on how to overdose on drugs such as hydrocodone quickly and as un-painful as possible. I am very concerned for him so I’ve been watching him like a hawk to see if he does take these pills and if he does, how much he takes. He’s never been on/had any drug like this in the past, is around 6″2 and weighs around 11-12 stone. Judging by this, how much would he need to take to kill him either quickly or slowly? I will be monitoring him judging by what you say.

  51. My husband is taking hydrocodone 325 mg 7.5 every 4 to 6 hrs per the prescription but he took one and 2 1/2 hours later he was still in pain and took another one is that considered overdose

  52. I overheard two people joking around about taking 10 hydrocodone 5-325 to see what would happen.. I doubt they will but out of curiosity what would happen to them?

  53. I have a question. ..
    I stopped being able to take motrin for pain due to ulcers . I have severe back pain the doctor gave me hydrocodone for pain 5/325 I am super paranoid to take a full pill at a time since I also take Klonopin for anxiety 3x a day. I normally skip my afternoon dose if I take hydrocodone. Recently I feel myself taking the other half shortly after and taking a little more than normal daily. I am scared that I am forming a habit with this medication and I have tried to not take it but my pain is unbearable. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to be on this medicine but there’s no other options how do I control what seems to be becoming an addiction ?!

  54. Hello, my husband has been on pain meds for a back injury for 10 years now. He totally abuses his recommended dosage and take 10-12 hydrocodone pills a day. This can’t be safe. Please give me your input and could he potentially OD?

  55. I’ve been prescribed hydrocodone/acetaminophen
    5-325, 1 tablet every 8 hours. It isn’t working. Can I safely take 2 tablets during day and 2 at bedtime?

  56. Hi i am do a research paper for my school about drugs and i was wondering how much could a healthy 16 year old thats 5 foot 5 1/2 and 130lb (male) drink before things get bad

  57. I take daily 4-5, 10/325 hydrocodons. I’ve been doing so for about 3 years. I limit my self, drink a lot of water as well. What is the dangers though?

    1. Hi Jose. If you don’t feel well, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

  58. I have a high tolerance to narcotic pain meds and I am prescribed roxicodone 15 mg and I’m told I can take 2 at a time if needed… I know oxycodone is a stronger medicine than hydrocodone… I ran out of my roxicodone and could not get my prescription due to my Dr being out of the office until my appt next Tuesday. I had some hydrocodone I was prescribed previously and have been taking that for the time being. Now that I have written a book haha my question is… I have taken 50 mg of hydrocodone to be equivalent (based on how it treats my pain) in strength but after reading this site I’m panicking (and I have panic attacks over ridiculous things) that it may hurt me… Question is will it harm/kill me since I do have a high tolerance?

  59. I previously had an opiate addiction. I just lost my boyfriend from alcoholic liver failure and i dont know how to live without him. I have a 5 year old. I dont want him to have no parents and i dont want to live. I dont know what to do or where to turn for help. I am on medication right now for bipolar disorder and paranoid personality disorder but i dont like talking to people because of the paranoia and i only ever was able to talk to my boyfriend. I dont have money or medical insurance for some sort of treatment and have been off my bipolar medication for a few weeks because of the loss of my insurance. I dont know how to call into work and tell them i cant work because my boyfriend is passed away and i am not in a state to deal with anything. And while i dont want my son to go without parents i always wonder how terrible for him it must be to see his parents under such a state of depression. My boyfriend wasnt his biological dad but was there for him since he was a baby. I know a rehab isnt the place for me and i dont have the ability to talk to a counselor. He was my best friend, i dont have anyone else in my life i can talk to

  60. I od on 20 hydrocodone 10’s and I woke up I didn’t get medical attention because I am to stubborn anyway since then I have been in even worse health than before have I destroyed my body

  61. My prescription of Hydrocodon-acetaminophen is 1 to 2 tablets by mouth twice a day as needed. The strength is 5-325. I believe that is a small dose. Please advise if I’m wrong. thank you

  62. I was prescribed Norco 3-325 for my gall bladder issues. I’m to have surgery to have it removed next week. I was given the Norco to help alleviate the pain of a gall bladder attack. I am having gall bladder pain today and for me it gets super bad….so I took three of my Norco. I’m 6’2 230 lbs male. I’ve never had a drug issue before, never saw the point. But I have taken Norco in the past so it’s not my first rodeo. I should be OK right?

  63. My friend took 8 7.5 pills of hydrocodone
    The school nurse says his vitals are fine but poison control says I should call 911
    What should I do

  64. Yeah i got real sick off 5 alone. Had a fever , headache felt hot a littltle sweaty and was throwing up like crazy. Almost 2 grams of amphetamine. Alone. So the effects i had last night ×6 yeah. Im pretty sure 35 is OD capable. Thank you

    1. Hi Donna. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk or with help on what to do next.

  65. 2 weeks ago I had a knee replacement. Today I fell. I took 3 loritab (30 mg) I was curious if 4 loritab would be dangerous for me. I’m 54, African American, 5 ft 8 inches, weigh 330 lbs nd am in good health.

  66. Ive eaten 80 10s and 60 5s in 6 days should I stop cause I dont feel any side effects. MY breathing is fine and im active.Im 5″11 and weigh about 260

  67. I have been taking 4 10s hydrocodone for 6mnths now and i notice people are starting to die of over dose so i limited my self i took 2 7.5 at 8am and took another at 9pm i weigh 140 but my breath gace gotten shoter n i have to remind myself to breath my heart have a Sharpe pain for a sec and im scared to go to sleep am i ok?

  68. Hi I’m a 19 year old female who is 5ft6 and 182 pounds a few weeks ago I took an overdose on prescribed medication I didn’t tell anyone and get didn’t medical help I was sick a few hours later then after a few days of feeling ill I was fine but since then I have been taking control dydromol 500mg every day some days I took anything from 8 to 12 pills I have now been to see my doctor and got blood tests done is there a possibility I have done damage to my liver or kidneys or any other possible damage ? I would really appreciate if someone could tell me

  69. Hi I’m 5’1 and about 100lbs I took one 5mg earlier and threw it up so decided after I finally are and what not to take one more but it didn’t touch the pain so I took another. Should be ok right?

    1. Hi, Rachel. You may consult with a pharmacist bout your dosage. Also, if you don’t fell well, check into the ER.

  70. My dosage is 5-325…..I take two at a time and usually only once a day…..rarely do I take two twice a day…..I believe that this is a safe way to take it. Am I correct?

  71. My friend took 3 hydrocodons (5/345) & 2 oxycodons (5/345) all at the same time with a shot of vodka . She’s 5″4 and weighs about 180. Is she ok or do I need to take her to ER

    1. Hi, MK. I suggest you take your friend into the hospital to make yourself sure that s/he is okay. If your friend doesn’t feel well, call 911 ASAP.

  72. What would happen to a woman that’s taken hydro before with no problems, but was abusing it and took more. She’s 5’2, weighting about 135 lbs.

  73. I don’t like taken pain pills cause I don’t like medicine but I had a tooth pulled and I have to to take them. Are they safe to take before bed and while breast feeding.

  74. Hello I pulled a muscle in my back and I took one 7.5 750 Vicodin at 12:30am wasn’t feeling much relief In my back so I took another half a pill at 1:20am then took the other half of that pill 20 min later. I’m 24 200lbs 6’11” not felling much difrent, my back feels better can feel the pain when I move but it’s bare able know. I just want to make sure I will be ok I know it’s right over the overdose standard after doing some research, but I used to take Percocet for a knee sergery I had a few years ago and it only helped once then stopped working after that. just again want to make sure that if its only this one time that I will be ok. of course if I feel any thing out of the ordinary I will call the poison control center thank you

  75. My younger sister DIED while putting on her makeup because she took too many 5/500 hydrocodone accidentally. She just fell asleep sitting up and that was that. Don’t take any more than prescribed because you may not know you are dying till it’s too late. P.s. She was an RN and very familiar with medications.

    1. Hi. I’m really sorry for your loss…. Hope others will get your message, and learn the dangers of using drugs more than prescribed.

    1. Hi, Tori. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk or with help on what to do next. Or call 911 ASAP.

    1. Hi, Cigi. If you don’t feel well, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

  76. Hello,

    Ive been taking 10 10mg/325 hydros every night before I go to bed all at once for about 2 years now and ive never felt any symptoms other than the euphoric high. Lately, all of a sudden Ive been experiencing shallow breathing and increased heart rate. Why am I just now experiencing the shallow breathing after taking the same dosage for years? Sometimes, i get so scared to fall asleep when my breathing is shallow and feel like Im not gonna wake up! (Die in my sleep) Does anyone know why I am all of a sudden feeling these symptoms after taking the same dosage for years and my tolerance is extremely high for hydros?

  77. Hi. I took (2) 325mg pills that I was prescribed to deal with pain from a surgery I recently had. I’ve been trying to limit how often I take them because I noticed after a couple days, the dosage I have to take isn’t helping. I’m a 24 year old female, I’m 5’5 & 120 pounds. I’m wondering if I take a 3rd pill an hour later after taking the original 2, will I be ok?

  78. Have been taking 4 doses of 7.5 mg hydrocodone, a day sometimes more for 20 years. Lately more and alcohol increases the effect, so I have a problem. Scared of withdrawal, tried weening myself. Not workingI know I need rehab, but cannot go at this time. Thanx for any help.

  79. Hey. I just got wisdom teeth taken out 6 hours ago. Now i herd that this med is abused alot. They gsve me 48 10. I weigh 118 lbs. Would i be ok if taken one or more? My dad told me to look it up but its hard to find the real answer.

  80. My son passed away from a overdose. They did a toxics level it shows the his hydro level was in the 4000. So I am wondering how many he would of haven to take to reach that level.

    1. Hello, Marguerite. I’m really sorry for your loss. I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or another medical professional about your concerns. We’re not able to provide you with a qualified response.

  81. I took 2 Norco 7.25 at 1pm for severe pain in my neck and I just took another one at 7:45pm cause the pain isn’t gone will I b fine

  82. The only time ive ever overdosed on vicodin or norco is when i combined it with hard liqour at one point in my life i was up to taking 10 7.5/750 REAL vicodin a day and ABSOLUTELY NOTHONG HAPPENED TO ME believe me if u were going to die ud know and u wouldnt be asking questions on the internet ud be waking up in the hospital if u were lucky enough to be saved or dead just dont mix it with liqour or other meds and youll be fine your body is built strong believe me im still pushin on and ive been gping hard for 15 years

  83. I have a friend that is 631 hundred and ninety pounds and 64 years old. he told me that he took 30 hydrocodone pills and had five stiff drinks of vodka and woke up fine in the morning. Is that true?

    1. Hi, Nick. The overdose amount varies from person to person, since each body is different. Have in mind that snorting is considered illegal and abusive.

  84. I’m 4″11 and 86 pounds and took 6 tablets of hydrocodone thinking they were my other medications they all look and are shaped the same. I’m so scared I might OD!!!

    1. Hi, Marie. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of OD risk, or if you get worse, call 991 ASAP.

  85. I take 10 10/325s a day n it gives u a good high. The problem is the apap. You are not to exceed 3250 mg of apap a day but the opiate part is pretty safe. You’ll knock out before you can od. Also you can use the cold water extraction to separate the acetaminophen from the opiate so no liver damage occurs

  86. I have a friend 6’3, 200 pounds, who says they took 40 hydrocodone pills 10/350 strength and had few drinks.
    They claim they woke up next morning fine.
    Can they be telling the truth?

  87. I took 11 5-325 hydrocodone ( Norco ) pills , should I seek medical help even though I have no symptoms of overdose ? I weigh 215 pounds height 5’10

    1. Hello, Michael. Call the Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk or with help on what to do next.

  88. My son died on May 8th 2015 ,he took fentanyl in the early morning and went to work outdoors in a very hot day ,and when he came home he complained that his face was hot and he got a headache that came on instantly, can you overdose that many hours later?

    1. Hello Niki. I am very sorry for your loss. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that most overdose instances resulting from fentanyl use occur because of the mixture of fentanyl with heroin in a powdered form. Did you get a blood toxicology report from the autopsy that indicates heroin use, or use of any other substances together with the fentanyl?

  89. dude just dont go over 4000 mgs of tylenol or acetometophen the hydro wont kill you if ur tolorant its that other shit that they put into it that kills you…………… its that simple so that being said you can take up to 12 a day even in one dose no matter the mgs of hydro just remember do NOT GO OVER YOUR TOLORENCE LEVEL!!

  90. Hi I’ve been taking 10′-325 for the past 5-6 years they up my dosage but I’m having trouble sleeping at night do to constantly feeling like my heart is stoping i wake up in a rush and sometimes i feel like I goto slow on breathing. I have two ruptured disk and a cracked rotator cuff in my shoulder I’m always in pain. But it scares me to feel like this

    1. Hello Mike. Have talk with a doctor about having trouble sleeping? If not, you should probably talk with her/him. Breathing problems are side effects of using hydrocodone, and they should be immediately solved.

  91. Hey, so my friend is 120 pounds (17 years old) and took one Hydro pill and it said “Watson 3203” on it and it is a white pill. Will he be ok? Also how many milligrams is are in one of those pills? Also I think he might have lied and took 2 of those pills but if he did or didn’t will he be ok?

    1. Hello Julian. I suggest you take him to the hospital, or call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk or with help on what to do next. I hope your friend will be okay.

  92. Hi. My son is being (newly) treated for Bipolar Affective Disorder. He was prescribed among other things) Valium, 10mg each night. We have cut them in half so he takes 5mg. How long can he take this before becoming addicted? He has had alcohol issues in the past so I am concerned.

  93. Hi . i had a tooth pulled in 2014 and didn’t take all my pain medicine so today i had a terrible tooth ache and no dentist were open. I took 325 hydrocodone aceteminophen at prob 4 a.m. then motrin, the i took another 325 mg at idk what time….than 3 more motrin at elevenish. I feel really groggy…am i ok

    1. Hey Kay. I suggest you pay a visit to a doctor, if you are not feeling well, or call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 FREE to speak to a poison expert who will advise you on what you should do next if you are in a risk of overdosing.

  94. Hi I’m 5’3 and weigh 158 , I had a root canal done today and I took two hydrocodone 3 hours ago and at 6 I took another , my stomach hurts really bad now , will I be okay ?

    1. Hi Kera. I suggest you go see a doctor at the hospital. I believe you took the medication too close from one-another and that is causing the stomach pains and cramps. I hope all ends well.

  95. My son died from an overdose of Fentinel ,but his autopsy report states that he used it 4 to 8 hours before his death ,he was working outdoors and was a very hot day and when he came home ,he complained that his face was hot and he had a bad headache,does it take that long to react ,because i thought it would react right away.my son was an addict that was trying to get clean ,so he was not using it everyday.

    1. Hi Robert. That’s a really huge amount of pills. Please, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk or with help on what to do next. If you are getting worse, please call 911.

  96. To Ericka: When I stopped hydrocodone (was prescribed Norco 10 mg 4 x a day) I started taking flax seed oil and a few other supplements. I felt very depressed at first, tired, headaches, lots of things. It is gradual, but you should see improvements day by day. I stopped using the fentanyl patch, too, and some other prescription drugs because I don’t like the way they make me feel, even though I have legitimate pain. I now take a low dose as needed, and it works a lot better than having to take medication every day and being afraid of not getting a refill. I have fibromyalgia and still need a sleep medication, but I can live with that. Hang in there!

  97. Hey Ericka,

    I know what you are going through. I quit heroine/oxy’s/etc.. a little over a month ago and I had a similar experience. The “acute” phase which is what they call “dope sick” was actually a breeze (relatively speaking) – couple nights of not sleeping, sweating, flu like, etc.. Then I felt good for a day or two and the FATIGUE kicked in. Unbelievably tiered, could not get off the couch, didn’t have the energy to shower, brush my teeth, even eat.

    What you’re describing is PAWS, Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, after much research I found this site which talks about getting energy back after quitting opiates.

    I was ready to try anything so I went to my health food store and bought the following which is what they recommend. They also advocate a product called Calm Support which was apparently developed by an ex opiate addict and it’s supposed to be very helpful.

    I was able to get my energy back within a week of taking these supplements so I didn’t get around to ordering Calm Support from the website so I can’t speak to it, but the supplements definitely helped me.

    I was using opiates (up to a gram and a half a day of heroin which is a lot) for 6 months. I quit cold turkey and within a month I feel almost completely normal. I still have low energy days but not like those first couple weeks.

    Good luck.

    DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA) – A combination amino acid supplement that can help you produce dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), epinephrine (adrenaline) and endorphins.

    L-Tyrosine – An amino acid that can increase dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine levels in the brain.

    Mucuna Pruriens – A tropical legume that has the above benefits of L-Tyrosine, while also containing minor amounts of serotonin, 5-HTP and nicotine.

    Ginseng – A root that is used for increasing energy and stamina in Chinese medicine.

  98. I have been off morphine and hydrocodone for 2 months now ..I quit cold turkey. I have 0 energy it doesn’t seem like its getting much better day by day, and I have gained weight I’m not really happy about that but I am happy to be off this medicine. It was ruining my life any tips or help that can be offered for the low energy part of this I have tried vitamin b12 pills those don’t seem to work either…. I don’t know why I’m gaining so much weight I don’t eat anymore than I used to I probably eat less and I’m eating healthier foods now not sure what’s going on with that …….help??

  99. I’ve been taking oxycodone for the past 7mnts for a back injury but before that I was taking the hydrocodone before they switched my pill but I started noticing while on oxycodone I’ve had a hard time breathing as if someone is stand on my chest.. I stopped cold turkey just last night but then now the my body is going through a withdrawal and still having a hard time to breath.. so I took one 7.5 hydrocodone to help me cause my pain was getting bad but I still having a hard time breath.. after taking the hydro I took 3, 25mg benadryl.. is it safe?

  100. About 6 hours ago I took over5475 mg’s of hydrocodone, as an attempted suicide. Hiwever it was expired by 3 years. The effects were as follows: cold and clamy skin, extremely dry throat, faster heartrate (for a while), lightheadedness, then drowsiness. I have been in and out of consciousness for about 4 and a half hours (roughly) and just woke up again. I realized I want to live, and that I need help. Am I still largely at ris? I dont know if I still absolutely have to go to the hospital. I am seventeen, and If I inform my mom then she will undoubtedly react angrily, and I dont want to havw to deal with that. Im struggling a bit to breathe. I realize that by coming clean, a lot of people will learn that I attempted suicide. Including my best friend, who helps me a great deal with my depression. But im so afraid for her, she already worries so much and she does everything she can for me. I realize it was the most selfish thing ive ever done, and now I dont know what to do. Please help me

  101. If you think you’ve taken too many and your body feels weird, will eating help get you back to normal and out of the red zone?

  102. Hi I’m 14 and I accidentally took 1 tablet but I thought it was Tylenol and my mom said it wasn’t so it was prescribed to her and I took it will I die from it or will affect my life in any way

    1. Hi Edgar. If she’s displaying or feeling the side effects typical for OxyContin overdose, or if she’s new to the medication and hasn’t been taking it for a long time, you should definitely take her to the hospital.

  103. I couldn’t sleep so i took three 10mg hydrocodone. It kept me up. I ended up taking another 2 of them 4 hours later. Then, 3 more 2 hours after that. I was researching to see if i was in danger because i didn’t feel too good. But its been over two hours now. Im feeling better. Am i good? Definitely won’t be taking more lol

  104. Hello, my ex was takeing hydro codone yellow pills 10 mg each she took 10 all at once just to feel good…will she die from this please message me asap.

  105. Hi, I am Victoria . I am 14 years old, 5″4 and 118 pounds. I’m very depressed and I want to know what’ll happen if I take one pill of hydrocodane. I’m on Zoloft (currently on about 70mlg) and I take moltotonin and celexia for sleep. (3mlg and I don’t know the other mlg) but I’m known as a druggie and I am seriously considering taking this today but I was told its 800mlg I don’t know if Ill live. What should I do? I want to take this pill either way.

  106. Hi. My moms toxicology report came back with the following:
    Acetaminophen 49 micrograms/ml
    Hydrocodone .45 micrograms/ml

    Can you help me understand exactly what this means? I’ve tried looking online but it doesn’t appear that these are lethal amounts.

  107. Hi I am 5’2″ and approximately 150lbs, I have taken 8 Tylenol 3’s within about 4 hours due to back pain. I am having troubles breathing, nausea and some abdominal pain. I am wondering how I should proceed?

    1. Hi Emma. Call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison expert who can advise you what you should do next and assess your risk of overdose.

  108. While my comment WAS true, and I am still alive, I mainly did this as an experiment. If you’ve been prescribed Hydrocodone, take the dosage you’ve been prescribed. If you take more that what you’ve been prescribed, you’re probably going to be okay, unless your intention was to overdose. If you are searching on Google for some random person to tell you whether or not you’ve OD’d, then, 1), You shouldn’t be on the Internet and should call someone that can actually help you instead of wasting time, or 2) You are clearly fine.

  109. • I am an (almost) 20 year old female with a long history of physical and mental health problems, as well as addiction and overdoses.
    • I am 5’1″ and 91-94 pounds.
    • I have taken one 500/5mg Hydrocodone and one and a half 325/10mg Hydrocodone in roughly 2-3 hours.
    • I have also consumed 14oz., of vodka.
    • I have not eaten in 19-21 hours.

    • I’ve been feeling nauseous, normal, but I’ve also notice my breathing slowing down.
    • My normal, resting, heart rate is 78-88 BPM.
    • As of now, it is going from 70bpm, to 60bpm, and occasionally dipping into the low 50’s.

    I have let my significant other, who is at work, know that I have taken the Hydrocodone and have Ben drinking, but he doesn’t know quite how much.
    I know I should contact someone, but I feel like I am invincible. Even sober. I believe that I am immortal. But I still crave to be educated about MY dosage/situation and what exactly can come from it. Also, I am not expecting a response…

  110. Hello.
    I take 2 500mg of Hydrocodone per day for pain. My question sometimes pain is do great I want drink several Vodka drinks and more Hydrocodone to relieve terrible pain.
    If I took 6 per hour for three hours woukd all my pain be gone. I took 3 one night and had a beer just to be able to cope .
    Am I ok.

    1. Hi John. I’d advise you to see a doctor, especially if you are also not taking as many fluids as you should be.

  111. So i took some benadryl with 15 mg of hydrocodone and after taking it i keep getting this jolt through my body that feels like a jolt of electricity and resembles how i felt before i fainted in the past. So my question is, is the jolt feeling dangerous and i sign of possuble overdose? plz respond asap

  112. I have severe lower back pain the last time I had a MRI done the doctors told me it’s too late for surgery my spinal cord sets and AJ shaped pattern in front of my tailbone which causes a lot of inflammation and pressure so bad that when I wake up in the morning and take a deep breath it causes me to throw up due to nerve pain I take two in the morning sometimes 2 in the afternoon and sometimes two before I go to bed this is the only thing that works for me and they’re only 7.5 am I taking too much and is my life or liver in jeopardy please respond I don’t want to leave my family without a father my friends scaring me and tells me I’m taking too much I’ve tried everything from ibuprofen to celebrex to mobic and nothing takes the pain away completely like a lortab or percocet is there anything else I can take besides a narcotic to get rid of my pain I’m only 28 years old and I felt like this since I was 10 years old the accident happened when I was 4

  113. My 41 yr old healthy son, took 40 hydrocodone (370ML). It ended his life, and no one
    knew he needed help, because he would always display beautiful demeanor and loving
    emotions to everyone in the family. He was a retired police officer and has 1 adult son.
    R.I.P my precious son…momma will always love you <3

  114. Hello Lex. You cannot upload an image here. Please find the pills you took on Google and send us the link, so we can help. Not to loose any more time, you can call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 and speak to a poison expert for a more professional assessment.

  115. IMG_7751.JPG I took three of them. two say “126” and the other one has a “v” on one side then the other side says “3604” and it has little red dots. idk how strong they are, I’m 5,4 and 110 lbs. will I be ok?

  116. Hello my husband takes about 8 10/325 hrdrocodines per day all at one time. He had gastric bypass surgery a year ago. I know that he is not being honest with me. I don’t know what this is doing to his insides. Is this amount lethal? He was prescribed this medication for a brian surgery that he had back in December. He is also combining with morphine. I don’t know what it is doing to him?

  117. Im 16 years of age 4’11 in height and about 100 pounds i took 3 hydrocodone/ acetaminophen 5mg and about a couple hours later i took 4 more so i took 35mg. I got itchy, weak, cold and i threw up. I also fell asleep for a long time. I still feel a buzz from it after about 6 hours from taking the last 4 pills. also this was my first time ever taking hydrocodone. Should i be okay?

    1. Hello MaCyna. Call your parents to take you to the hospital or have your sober friends drive you to the doctor’s and then call your parents.

  118. How can you determine the safe amount of tylenol 3 to height and body weight? I’ve gained a significant amount of weight since my disk fusion, from the steroids. I’m out of narco, tylenol 3 is all in the house, not wanting to go to Dr. In Houston, just to get a RX for other. So, just ring to figure, I knew other was stronger as well. So tolerance…. thank you.

    1. Hi Mike. Have someone drive you to the ER to be treated immediately, if there is noone in the house Call 911.

  119. I took that sh*t at massive doses since ive been 12 years old like about 7-9 a day. u r fine. f*ck the internet its stupid

  120. So, I just took 3 hydro/acetam 5-325 pills for my severe staph infection on my forearm. I weigh 200 pounds and am 6’0. I wasn’t paying attention as I thought the other two pills were my antibiotics. Should I be okay?

  121. I took 3 and a half within about 3 and a half hours of vicodin tens my hernia site was really bothering me should I be worried

  122. My husband took 12- 5/325 and 3 -10/325 he chewed up the first 12. He is tired and hasn’t eaten anything today. He is refusing to go to hospital. I know if I call an ambulance he is going to freak out. His Dad died 5 days ago and he isn’t handling it well. Is he going to be ok?

  123. Hi, so I just had some teeth removed and was prescribed vicoprofen 7.5-200 and tonight was taking them with some other non narcotics (vitamins etc) and absent mindidly took 3 of the 7.5-200 vicoprofen. I usually take to every 6 hours so I didn’t really notice the extra 3rd one amongs my other pills! What should I do??!?!

  124. Hi, I used to be addicted to hydrocodone I would take 3 10/500’s first thing in the morning before I even got out of bed and would take them at my leisure throughout the day untill I felt sick then I would stop. they kept me awake at night so I would take 3-4 1mg Xanax tabs before bed. After hearing this I’m surprised I didn’t die. Finally about 5 years ago I weaned myself off of them using suboxon. Not really a question but just sharing my experience with them

    1. Thanks for sharing, Chris. I hope other readers will find your personal experience helpful and I’m glad you are ok now.

  125. I was wondering if taking 6 10/325 is okay because I was in a lot of pain today and took 2 more than I should have and now I am worried . Because I took 2 extra . I have been on hydro. 10mg. Now for over 2 yrs. Can I die ? I don’t abuse . I am worried now after reading all this. They are prescribed to me. I was in an bad accident 2 1/2 yrs ago. And my pain is horrible but my doc says I’ll be fine. But I’m scared my liver will shut down, since I have been on them so long.

    1. Hi Shannon. After more than two years, your tolerance levels are high enough to prevent any risky outcomes or damage. But, beware and don’t try to use more. Taking a medication in dose, frequency or mode of administration other than prescribed is considered abuse and is illegal.

  126. I am 5′ 2″ 135 lbs my Dr increased my dosage to 8 a day 700/325 I was taking 6 a day. I feel this is alot of pills. Should I be worried

  127. I have been taking 5-325 hydrocodone for 4 years due to neuropathy. He bumped me up to 7.25-500 a couple of months ago, and then I had bronchitis so my regular doctor prescribed levaquin and now, if it only take half a pill I feel like I am overdosing. Can it become toxic? I take only half a 7.25-5– pill twice a day and am very sick from it.

    1. Hi Mary. Any unusual, persisting or uncomfortable side-effects should be immediately reported to your doctor. I’m sorry I cannot tell you what the problem is, but your doctor needs to examine you and maybe run some tests before finding the solution. You may need a dose adjustment or you may need to be switched to another medication that won’t cause OD-like symptoms.

  128. on a scale from 1-10, how annoyed do you get when people ask you if they’ve taken a lethal amount of hydrocodone but either don’t tell you the dose of the pills or only tell you how much APAP is in it? :’D
    the second mistake i mentioned is understandable if the pill bottle only lists the amount of APAP, but not even saying anything about what dose you took??? come on now.
    these people are ridiculous. also, almost every comment these specialists have made says to CONTACT POISON CONTROL.
    commenters: read the other comments, if the advice is always the same to others in your situation then it’ll be the same for you. and if you want advice, explaining what dose of the medication you have taken may help. even if you plan on calling poison control, they can’t help if you just say “yeah i took 5 pills”. you can google a description of the pill you have taken to make sure what it is. something will come up saying something like “10/325”, depending on which pill you took. the second number listed, in this case 325, is not the amount of hydrocodone. it is the amount of tylenol. (hydrocodone is typically in a pill with tylenol, sometimes something like advil.)
    i mean really, is posting here something that requires failing an IQ test? i realize that posting this is probably pointless and hypocritical, and that most of the people posting here probably don’t have the attention span for a comment this long, but i thought i’d try.

  129. Can a person is not at all used to hydrocodone in their system, and has a system extremely sensitive to medications in general, accidentally overdose if they ingested 1-2 alcoholic beverages, especially on an empty stomach?

    Would the symptoms be:
    Immediate vertigo, leading to fainting, then progressing to loss of consciousness for appx 20 minutes, then come out of it? Or would something else related to the pain (original reason for taking 1/2 dose to reduce pain)>
    Other symptoms while on phone, barely able to talk because she was having difficulty breathing, heart trying hard to pump, (heavy and slow), blood/feeling leaving all the extremities after patient had been lying on the floor for 5 minutes, then regained consciousness after a period of about 20 minutes? Patient only recalls the first appx 5 minutes, and initially thought incident was only 5- 10 minutes, only to later find from the phone company that it was actually 20 minutes. The extended time COULD BE talking to the patient’s mother AFTER the incident, assuring her she was okay, but patient (and the mother with dementia) can’t recall what happened, nor the duration of the event. Patient mostly only recalls initial fainting and symptoms, then waking up in a daze totally fine, but scared.

    Can something like that happen in a minor overdose, or would the patient actually still be completely out of it? Patient had heart palpitations (A Fib during the past 2 years, but A Fib did NOT occur during the incident, and patient says it is the OPPOSITE of A fib, that the heart was struggling to pump.

    1. Hi Sophia. Please direct your question to the prescribing doctor or another medical professional that can provide more accurate information. In general, hydrocodone-naive people should strictly stick to their prescribed dose and time of use and avoid mixing the medication with any other medications, alcohol or drugs.

  130. Can hydrocodone be used to self-treat a depressive state or deeply sad emotional condition. The person is a professional and does not want the ( perceived) stigma of having had a break down or mental health treatment. Thank You.

  131. Im a 5’6″ 190# 43 yr old female. I take norco 10/325 4times a day and adderall xr 20 once daily. I have cad . is it safe?

  132. My husband takes alot of pain pills at times when he has them and usually takes 50-60 mg at one time. He thought he was taking 5 mg so he took ten but they were actually 10 mg. He is a bit nervous and wants to know what he can do to throw up because gagging himself isn’t working. But it’s been close to two hours now so I don’t think that would help him! He is trying to avoid having his stomach pumped and plans to try and stay awake. What do I do to help him

    1. Hi Candace. You can take him to the hospital where medical doctors will know how to aid him on the spot. How is he doing?

  133. My worry is my boyfriend. He 5’11 about 210lbs. He takes norco 5/325. He is bipolar and takes Lamictal. He takes roughly 6 pills in 12 hours. It’s always two at a time and when he stops taking them he acts weird. He get irritated or shuts down and becomes depressed and doesn’t think clearly. How do I get him to stop without these terrible urges to take one more?

    1. Hi Jessica. What dosage and type of release hydrocodone did you take? To be absolutely sure and safe, I’d suggest you call the National Poison Control number 1-800-222-1222 FREE. It’s a free phone line where you can talk to a poison experts who assess your risk of overdose and provide you with instructions on the best course of action.

  134. I have the flu and bronchitis with violent coughing. The doc in a box I saw wrote me a prescription for hydrocodone cough syrup (mixed with homatropine). The dosage prescribed was 1tsp every 4-6 hours.

    I took it on the dot every four hours for a day or two, but had a horrible coughing fit and migraine at 7:30pm last night andtook my next dose of 1tsp only 2 hours after my last dose.

    Shortly after taking it, I had what I believe to be overdose symptoms. My body went limp, I became unresponsive. My skin was cold to the touch. My heart rate slowed from my normal 100 to 77. My breathing became labored with bouts of apnea – short spurts of manual breathing followed by longpauses of no breathing. I felt detached, confused, dreamy.

    We spoke to a nurseline, poison control and finally one of my trusted doctors. He recommended waiting it out since it was not a large amount of cough syrup added to the normal schedule.

    I finally brought myself to get a few moments of sleep, terrified I would not wake up. Well, it is 2 hours later, and I woke up, but something is still very off. I feel dreamy. My breathing is still shallow. I feel swelling in my brain. I am sure the danger has passed, but I am still worried.

    What are your thoughts? Can one “ride out” an overdose of this nature?


    1. Hi Bill. If you feel the symptoms of an overdose you can Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. If symptoms are getting more severe, please don’t hesitate to call medical help or have someone drive you to the hospital.

  135. What if someone say took 50 10/325 and the person is 5’8″ and 250lbs. He has been taking this dosage for at leas 2 years and is prescribed by his doctor to no more than 4 a day. Would this be a lethal dose or because he has been taking various dosage of hydrocodone for about 5 years would it still be lethal.

  136. What I’d like to see is a better dialog on how the pendulum has swung too far for those with legitimate chronic pain. Due to the increasing OD deaths, the majority being by people who are intending to get high, it is punishing those who have legitimate needs, have been screened for abuse, etc. I’ve just had my 4th back fusion. I’m fused L2 on down and both SI joints (that was a mistake, don’t do it!) and my neurosurgeon says eventually I’ll be fused from T10 or T11 on down. Time between surgeries keeps decreasing from less than 4 years to instability to last barely 21/2 years. I live alone, haven’t qualified for SSDI yet and like to remain active and want a decent quality of life without constant pain. I’ve been on morphine in past, prior to first fusion but when I felt I know longer needed it I went to pain clinic to request assistance with slow tapering. Then of course pain slowly comes back before next surgery. But due to the OD’s, it has become so difficult to actually get relief, you are made to feel like a criminal for even asking, I’ve had pharmacists treat me with total disrespect for even having legitimate prescriptions. (I recently switched pharmacies because of that treatment). But I am not seeing this reasonably discussed. I think people who have chronic pain fear bringing it up for fear of being labeled “drug seekers”! It’s been barely 8 weeks after my L2 fusion and pain clinic is already wanting to taper, even though my pain level has not diminished. I also have severe DDD in my neck. The clinic acts on some totally arbitrary system of what “they think” should be ok without actually taking in patients reality. I’ve been dealing with daily chronic pain since 2003, I’ve never abused the pain meds, etc. I’ve taken other meds considered “highly addictive” with no ill effects. Had a 30 day Soma script last 13 months, take Xanax to help with sleep but 30 days dose always lasts longer, etc. so I want to see more discussion on how to help chronic pain sufferers have access to adequate relief without being lumped into the abusing category. I’m only 58, have dogs, live alone and have a lot of life left in me. I’m not ready to be stuck in the recliner all day but it’s exhausting to keep pushing agsinst the pain. Thank you.

  137. Hi Mary. Call the Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 for immediate medical advice from a poison expert. She needs to be seen by a doctor and a psychologist or a psychiatrist, and treated for her depression and suicidal intentions. A condition like that shouldn’t be left untreated. Also, besides her medication therapy for her condition, talk therapy and counselling sessions can be very beneficial.

  138. If a 17 year old female (she’s 5’4 and 105 pounds), and she takes about 4-5 at once is that an od? She isn’t exactly aware of anything right now from having surgery 3 days ago, but she is suicidal and not medicated for her depression. Her surgery was also very minor.

  139. Hi my daughter is 15 years old she is having oral surgery tommorow at 12 they prescribed her hydrocodon-acetaminophen 5-325 for pain it says to take one every 6 hours . she took 1 about 1 hour ago but is in so much pain still crying saying it hurts still. can she take another one?

  140. Hello Lori. I’m sorry for the delay in this response. You can call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an over the phone assessment.

  141. I recently had surgery and was prescribed Hydrocodone acetaminophen 5//325 mg tablets. And I have been taking them normally. But I just took five of them and idk what’s going to happen. Help?

  142. I took 45 mg of hydrocodone at 1030 pm last night and took 40 mg more at 1pm today then at 330 I went to take a 600 ibuprofen but took a 10 mg vicodin by mistake I take vicodin all the time my question is do I need to go to the hospital I looked at the symptoms I have the small pupils

  143. Hello Karen. You’ll need to speak with a Medical Review Officer or a toxicologist at a drug testing center for information about blood samples and opioid levels.

  144. My doctor gives me hydrocodone 5-325, enough for 3 pills a day for pain. Sometimes I have half a glass of wine. Is that combination dangerous?

  145. I have only taken hydrocodone for my wisdom teeth a few weeks ago. I have never been this depressed in my entire life, I have tried therapy and counseling but the only thing I see fit is going out peacefully. If I just took 5 pills at 325/mg each, what will begin to happen….

  146. Hey Paul, yes you can kick the habit brother! Its best to get with your doctor and let him/her know that you would like to ween off the med, and they can help you with this. Also taking 30-60mg of dextromethorphan is a great way to combat opiod withdrawal symptoms. in fact many reports show that it completely reverses the mental symptoms, ie body aches, runny nose, chills, mental fog. however I think you may still get some lose bowl movements. Also if you have neuropathic pain dextromethorphan has shown to be quite effective in that as well. Talk with your doctor on it all though.

  147. I have been prescribed, and take 8-10 7.5/325 Norco for about the last 5 years or more for back pain and nueropothy. My question is this. If I can somehow find a different treatment can I kick this addiction and be normal again. By normal I mean less moody and tired and sleep normal again. Please advise, thanks.

  148. Hi Heather. Call the Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 ASAP. They provide a free over-the-phone assessment of the risk of overdose. You’ll talk to a poison expert and they can give you advise on what your next actions should be.

  149. I took 2 white hydrocodone/acetominophine pills in less than one hour. It didnt say how many Mg it was on the bottle it only said to take 1 every 6 hours but I took 2 in less than one hour.. when I googled the pills I took to see how many Mg they were it said 370 Mg per pill….. these were large white pills with orange dots on them… but on this website it said 90mg was lethal…. how could the pills I took have been 370 Mg each? I’m just scared of over dozing on these pills… I have a daughter and do not want to die this was not a suicide attempt…. I just wasn’t thinking clearly and now I am afraid of overdosing…. please someone help me out should I seek help and go to a hospital? Will I be ok? I’m just scared please answer me anybody
    Also I am 19 years old and weigh 178 pounds and took two of the white hydrocodone pills with the orange speckles…. please answer me immediately I’m worried

  150. I’ve just had Gastric Sleeve Surgery and have to crush all of my nightly and any pills I take. I only have 15 % of a stomach. Can I overdose crushing my hydro codons this way?.

  151. Hi Jason. First, Call the Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a poison expert. You can get a free over-the-phone assessment of the overdose risk and they’ll give you instructions on what to do next.

  152. I have a friend and he weighs 135 and is 5″5 and took 5 hydrostatic 5-325 at 11am and then took 5 more and is very tired and itchy and weak what should he do?

  153. Hi Steven. Call the Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 for immediate medical advice from a poison expert. They will provide a free over-the-phone assessment of the risk of overdose and give you instructions on what to do next.

  154. I took two 5/325 mg vicodins at 11 this morning. Then at 6 PM I took two 7.5/325 mg vicodin. Then at 8:50 PM I took 250mgs of tramadol then at 11:57pm I took one more vicodin 7.5/325. Momentarily I noticed that everything looked small and far away but passed. I do have a high tolerance to tramadol but I don’t take vicodin very often…will I be okay to sleep? Its 2:17 AM right now and I’ve ate today.

  155. Kathy g 340mg if they were 10 mg hydrocodone it’d be 34 pills if they were 5s it’d be 68 pills I’m in school for pharmaceutical technician honestly she probably Passed because of the acetaminophen you overdose first off of acetaminophen before the hydrocodone And I am sorry for your loss as for the rest of you that are scared for taking hydrocodone as long as you’re taking hydrocodone 10/325.4 to 6 a day is nothing to worry about as long as you do not exceed 4000 mg acetaminophen in a day

  156. Hi Carolyn. I believe it’s best for you to talk to a doctor or a pharmacist at your local pharmacy for the potential side-effects and risks. Hydrocodone is bad when abused and used other than prescribed by a doctor. However, in your case it seems the benefits are greater than the risks of taking hydrocodone.

  157. I am a 64 year old female with cancer and I’m under hospice care I am on hydrocodone 10.325 take every 4 hrs for the severe pain. I am scared to take a lot of this drug because I have h read so much about addiction and toxciticy. I am in severe back pain and colon pain as I have colon cancer. Should I be concerned.

  158. My niece recently passed away from a hydrocodone overdose . Her level of hydrocodone was 340 ng/ml on a scale that starts at 130. But what we don’t know is how many Norco that would equate to. We are trying to figure out how many she took. If anyone can help me figure this out I would appreciate it. Thanks

  159. i take 10 mgs of hydrocodone for severe hip pain,, i took a whole 10 mgs and ten split one in two and took the half–i have a hip problem bone on bone pain–the med is prescribed fby the va, i am a viet nam vet, is this tow much for me? the pain was getting more pain ful that is why i took 15 mgs of the narcotic with 325 mgs acem.etophine, i am 5 ft 8 semi muscular active, and weigh 225 pounds am 62 yrs old–is this an over dose? i am alert but calm, no shallow breathing,

  160. I take Norco 10 325 for RA Fibro and Cronic pain..Ive been on meds for 5 yrs now and have gotten used to the doseage so it doesn’t work anymore so this morning my pain was so bad at 9am I took 4 10 325 pills and at 4 I took another 4 pills but its 630pm and im still in pian and was going to take another one will it hurt me? that’s 9 in the day..thatnk you

  161. Hello Alex. It’s likely that your friend has developed a high tolerance for opioids…but the chronic dosing is of concern and can indicate addiction. And then there’s the abuse: using hydrocodone to get high. Opioids can cause long term effects to internal organs but the real issue is quality of life. When you’re addicted to a drug, you’re avoiding psycho-emotional issues which are difficult to face. Have you thought of scheduling an intervention for your friend?

  162. I have a friend who already knows shes at risk from this but how dangerously close to death or permanent damage if she is 5′ 6” 117 lbs and takes five 7mg pills at once and then two later ? and how bad is 11 of those over the course of eight hours ? She’s been abusing them for about four years. As well as the overall effect from not just taking many at once but doing so and taking multiples later ? I’m really concerned for her and would reall appreciate a prompt reply. Thank you for any help.

  163. Hello Adrain. If you suspect that your friend is experiencing acute effects of Tylenol 3, it’s a good idea to seek medical help. Call your local poison control center or an emergency room to get recommendations for next steps on what to do.

  164. Hi, I was prescribed tussionex /hydrocodone syrup for the flu and congestion. I was told by the doctor to take a teaspoon every 12 hours. I took a tablespoon. then looked at the bottle again and it said teaspoon. It was like 15 minutes ago. I’m freaked out. Will this harm me?

  165. Hi I’m 85 lbs, female, Asian, and 4’11”, I took 9 hydrocodone 5/325 for wisdom tooth pain,1 1/12 at 7 AM, 1 1/2 at 10 AM, the pain got worse, so 3 at 2 PM, and 3 at 6 PM. I’m afraid that I’ll die, will I be okay???

  166. Hi C. You’ll need to consult with a pharmacist about this; or call the Poison Control Center for more information (phone number listed above).

  167. I have rheumatoid arthritis, since 3 months old and I’m now 41. I took hydrocodone 7mg this morning at 9am and then again at 1pm and once again at 8:30pm. I weigh 125 lbs and am 5’6 feet tall. It also has acetaminophen in it, was this too much to take in 24 hrs?

  168. What if I took two hydro 7.5 at one time and my brain feels weird dizzy and weird camt really describe it what is that and how do I get rid of that feeling?

  169. Can anyone explain how one small dose in hospital post surgery could cause respiratory and cardiac arrest? This happened with codeine, also with propoxyphene and hydrocodone (that was lowest dose cut in half). Being unable to tolerate any opiates (synthetic or otherwise) makes for excruciating surgeries.

  170. Hello Lindsey. I’d suggest that you phone in the situation to your client’s prescribing doctor. You’ll need to report her increase in dosage and seek professional medical advice.

  171. I am a home health aid to an 80 year old woman who weighs 97 pounds. She takes hydrocodone for fibromyalgia. She insists on taking twice the recommended dose. I am not authorized to give medication exceeding doctor’s dosage. I’m concerned that she might take too many and OD. She just switched to hydro. She used to take Tylenol 3. So, she hasn’t been on this medicine long. I’ve been looking online for some type of guidelines, like a chart for how many mg of hydro per pound of body weight an 80 year old body can withstand to give to the woman’s daughter, who is inclined to give the old woman all the meds she wants. Any advice for me?

  172. Hi Joann. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Over time, the body simply cannot handle the stress of depressant or stimulant medication, and literally can be shut down. In terms of a hydrocodone overdose, this is what happens. The body slowly shuts down, stops breathing or the heart stops beating. The chemical signals triggered by hydrocodone are responsible….and if he was taking 90+ different medications int he days before he passed, your brother in law was probably heavily sedated.

  173. My sisters husband died in january, We have just got autopsy report back, he died of hyd. overdose. He had been over medicating on his prescriptions for a while. My question is, if she had called for help in the morning when she first seen that he was over medicated, could he have lived. She had seen him like that so many times with no problems. She did not realize that he was very sick until he fell down in the afternoon then took four breaths and died. He was on a lot of different medicines, all of which he abused. We do not know how many he took, but we do know it was 90 in 5 days. He had been doing this for a long time. Why would this kill him now when he had been doing the same thing for a few years. She had sent him to treatment centers before, but he always ended up abusing the prescriptions. Thanks

  174. I tool 5 10/325 norcos throughout the day for back pain. I took 2 at 11 AM, 1 at 3 PM, and 2 more at 8 PM. Now after reading all this info online I’m afraid to go to sleep BC I don’t want to die. I’m 5 7 and 300 pounds. Will I be Ok?

  175. Hi Grace. Call the Poison Control Center for an evaluation and to see whether or not it is necessary to visit the emergency room.

  176. Hi Beth. Most immediate release doses of hydrocodone wear off anywhere from 4-6 hours after use. You should be OK, but if you feel badly, or notice signs of slowed breathing, call the ER. Or the Poison Control center for more help (see phone number above).

  177. Hi I accidentally took two hydrocodone 5-500 pills in less than six hours by accident. I had my wisdom teeth all four pulled out on monday, and I’m terrrified I’m going to die in the next few hours. I didn’t remember taking the second one till I got home from my grandparents house and by the time I realized I had, it was two late…will I be ok?

  178. Hi Kevin. If she does not receive medical care, slowed breathing or heart rate, eventual lack of oxygen to the brain or death can occur. She may also experience liver damage or failure from excessive amounts of acetaminophen.

    There is no home treatment for opioid overdose. Seek immediate medical help. An opioid blocker like naltrexone can be injected to try to counter the effects of such an overdose, but in any case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 for more information.

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