Acetaminophen With Codeine Dosage
For children, the recommended acetaminophen with codeine dosage depends on age. For children 3 to 6 years old, the recommended dose is one teaspoonful (5 mL) three or four times per day. For children 7 to 12 years old, the recommended dose is two teaspoonfuls (10 mL) three or four times per day.
Considerations for people taking acetaminophen with codeine include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet and oral solution (liquid) form. It is taken by mouth as frequently as every four hours (up to a certain maximum dose per day, depending on the particular strength).
- Be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose, as this could lead to overdose symptoms or to poisoning from the acetaminophen component, which can cause liver failure.
- Acetaminophen with codeine is either taken "as needed" or on a scheduled basis. "As needed" means you will only take a dose if you are experiencing pain (if you are not in pain, you will skip the dose), while "scheduled use" means you should take it on schedule, even if you are not in pain. Most healthcare providers prescribe acetaminophen with codeine on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis. In some situations, a scheduled basis is appropriate (such as in people with constant cancer-related pain).
- It is best to take acetaminophen with codeine with food, as this may help reduce nausea and vomiting.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking acetaminophen with codeine, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your acetaminophen with codeine dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.