Is It Addictive?People may become addicted to this medication. In fact, Endocet is a commonly abused drug. It is readily available and fairly inexpensive. It is also commonly abused because people sometimes feel safer abusing a prescription medication instead of an illegal "street" drug. People who abuse Endocet and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
When and How to Take EndocetSome general considerations for when and how to take this medication include the following:
- Endocet comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually every six hours as needed for pain.
- The medication 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 this medication on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis.
- Endocet is best taken with food, as this may help reduce stomach upset.
- 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.
- You may want to consider taking a laxative along with Endocet, especially if you will take it regularly for more than a few days, as it often causes constipation.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently than prescribed without your healthcare provider's approval. If you have been taking Endocet for more than a few weeks, do not suddenly stop taking it without your healthcare provider's supervision (see Endocet Withdrawal).