You've probably been hearing in the news that an FDA advisory panel has recommended lowering the maximum recommended dose of acetaminophen from 1,000 mg per dose to 650 mg. They also recommended lowering the maximum daily dose, which is currently 4 grams (4,000 mg). Although they didn't specify what the maximum daily dose should be lowered to, it would most likely be in the neighborhood of 2,600 mg per day. The reason the FDA is considering changing their recommendations is that acetaminophen overdose is currently the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. What many news reports are not telling you, though, is that this same advisory panel, by a narrow margin, also recommended banning hydrocodone and oxycodone products like Vicodin and Percocet that contain acetaminophen. (Vicodin and its generic counterparts contain hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Percocet and its generic formulations contain oxycodone and acetaminophen.) According to a 2005 stu...
What is the right tool for 24/7 pain? Having the right tool for the job can mean the difference between being on a roller coaster of uncontrolled pain versus being on a merry-go-round of good pain control. Pain medications have two basic methods for delivering the active ingredient: immediate release or sustained release.
Immediate release medications are designed for occasional, temporary pain because they work fast but don't last. This allows a person to use these short-acting medications like Vicodin , Lortab , and Percocet "as needed for pain" (this is a common instruction on prescription bottles). However, many people end up using quick-acting medications constantly, around-the-clock for 24/7 pain. That is like trying to use a hammer as if it were a nail. Immediate release medications are the wrong tools for the job of controlling constant pain. Because these medications wear-off so quickly, one never has a chance to stay ahead of the pain. Instead, this roller coaster...
Can you take Naproxen along with Vicodin for pain? Are there any side effects? Sean.
This type of question can be safely answered only by your own physician because he or she needs to answer it in the context of your full medical history and all medications you may be using, both prescription and over-the-counter. Combining NSAIDs such as naproxen with the acetaminophen in Vicodin can increase the risk of kidney problems, so this combination should be used only under the supervision of your physician.
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