How to Take Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Dose of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate


Find out how to take Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate


How it should be taken  

This medication comes in the form of tablet, capsule and oral solution to take by mouth, with or without food.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

Adult: PO- 1 to 2 tablets or capsules every 4 to 6 hours or 5 to 10 mL (elixir, solution 15 mL) every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Max 6 doses/day.
Children (younger than 12 yr of age): PO- 10 to 15 mg acetaminophen/kg/dose every 4 hour to max 2.6 g per 24 hour.
Children (2 to 13 years of age and at least 12 kg) - 0.2 mL/kg. Max, 6 doses/day.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Hypersensitivity.

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This is a combination of the narcotic hydrocodone and non-narcotic pain reliever acetaminophen. It is prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen increases the effects of hydrocodone, which is an opioid pain medication. Acetaminophen increases the effects of hydrocodone, which is an opioid pain medication.

Pregnancy Category

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Warnings and Precautions  

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney failure, when under active treatment for thyroid disorders, Addison's disease, asthma, drug abuse or addiction, enlargement of prostate, urethral stricture (narrowing of urethra), lung disease, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Patient may develop with increased risk of respiratory depression; monitor them carefully while taking this medication.
It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid taking sleeping pills during the treatment.

Storage Conditions  

Store it at controlled room temperature (25C) and in an airtight container. Keep this medication out of reach of children. Do not refrigerate.

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