The recommended Tylox dosage for pain relief is one capsule every six hours as needed. This medication contains acetaminophen; since taking too much acetaminophen can increase the risk of serious liver damage, you should limit your total acetaminophen intake to 4 grams a day or less. In general, you do not need to take your Tylox dose if you do not experience pain.
The dose of Tylox® (oxycodone/APAP) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you react to Tylox
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The standard recommended dose of Tylox is one capsule every six hours as needed for pain. Each capsule of Tylox contains 5 mg of oxycodone hydrochloride and 500 mg of acetaminophen.
Tylox contains acetaminophen. It is very important to limit the total dose of acetaminophen to 4 grams (4000 mg) a day or less. Taking any more increases the risk of serious liver damage. Make sure to watch for any other sources of acetaminophen, including other prescription pain relievers and many over-the-counter products, such as Tylenol®. To be safe, you should avoid all other acetaminophen products while taking Tylox, unless you are extremely careful to limit your total acetaminophen use (from all sources added together) to 4 grams per day. Each capsule of Tylox contains 500 mg of acetaminophen (the equivalent of one extra-strength Tylenol).
Considerations for people taking Tylox include the following:
- The medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually every six hours as needed for pain.
- Tylox 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 it on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis.
- It is best to take this medication 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 poisoning from the acetaminophen component, which can cause liver failure.
- You may want to consider taking a laxative along with this medication (especially if you will take it regularly for more than a few days), as it often causes constipation (see Tylox and 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 Tylox for more than a few weeks, do not stop taking it suddenly without your healthcare provider's supervision (see Tylox Withdrawal).
- If you are unsure about anything related to your Tylox dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.