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Taking hydrocodone but liver damage is side effect. Suggest dosage?

Jul 2013
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My daughter (age 24) is taking "hydrocodone 5-325" the bottle has a side affects note that this medication can cause Liver Damage. What is an approximate dosing that would exacerbate the problems with this drug. Is a dosing interval of 4-hrs safe? and for what duration?
Posted Tue, 1 Oct 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 47 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Take it as prescribed by your doctor.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for writing to XXXXXXX

The maximum amount of acetaminophen for adults is 1 gram (1000 mg) per dose and 4 grams (4000 mg) per day. Anything more than this can cause serious liver damage.

The adverse effects of hydrocodone may be more likely and more severe in patients with liver disease.

Depending on the severity of the injury, it can be taken at at interval of 4-6 hours.

Generally, the duration of treatment for an injury would be 3-5 days.

Drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water daily to help prevent constipation while you are taking hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

Hope I have addressed your query. Happy to help further
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