How do you take Vicodin?
The active ingredients in Vicodin are paracetamol (acetaminophen) and hydrocodone. Vicodin is mainly administered as a tablet in doses of 5 mg hydrocodone / 500 mg acetaminophen ratios or as a liquid syrup containing 2.5 mg hydrocodone and 167 mg acetaminophen per 5 ml. Doctors usually prescribe and supervise doses of 5 – 10 mg hydrocodone every 4-6 hours. However, dosing varies by doctor and by individual case.
Vicodin half-life: how long does Vicodin stay in your system
On average, most doctors agree that the half life of Vicodin is 4 hours. Vicodin (a combination of hydrocodone and paracetamol) is a short acting opioid analgesic, which means that you can feel the effects of Vicodin quickly (within 30 minutes to 1 hour of taking it) but do not last very long. In fact, pain relieving effects of Vicodin tend to peak at around 2 hours, and only last for 4-8 hours.
Drug testing for Vicodin
Vicodin can be detected in the urine 2-4 days after you take it. If you are planning to take a drug test for Vicodin, you would be advised to be more conservative and wait the full 4 days before drug testing. This is because this approximation relies on variables such as drug metabolism, your physical condition, fluid intake, as well as the method and frequency of use of Vicodin.
Vicodin is highly addictive (hydrocodone addictive potential) and is classified as a Schedule III drug by the DEA. But how can you know if you have a problem, or not? See this online self-survey here to ask yourself questions about possible Vicodin addiction. Or leave us your comments and questions. We respond to every email or question in a comment or video!