• thezoo thezoo
    May 22, 2009
    Risks of taking hydrocodone and acetaminophin 500 mg long-term?
    thezoo thezoo
    May 22, 2009

    What are the health risks of taking Hydrocodone/APAP 5MG500MG tabs over a long period of time?



  • Cort
    Health Guide
    May 22, 2009
    Health Guide
    May 22, 2009

    I'm not aware of any studies on this - in  fact long term studies of drugs are relatively rare. One might assume, then, that the long term risks of this drug probably mirror the short term ones - they are liver damage from the acetaminophen and addiction  to the hydrocodone. 

    You can mitigate the possibility of liver damage by taking care of your liver by drinking only in light amounts, by not smoking, by having a good diet and by not taking acetaminophen in other forms, like over the counter cold medications. 

    Here are some links on pain medication that you might find helpful as you're learning about this:

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds

    What You Didn’t Know About Pain Meds

    Vicodin Use - Overview





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