General considerations for when and how to take Ultracet include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth as frequently as every four to six hours as needed for pain (up to a certain maximum dose per day).
- 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.
- Ultracet is taken on an "as needed" 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).
- You can take Ultracet with or without food, although food may slightly delay the pain-relieving effects of the drug. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with a meal or a snack.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. If you have been taking Ultracet for quite a while, do not stop taking it suddenly without your healthcare provider's supervision (see Ultracet Withdrawal).
The dose of Ultracet your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your pain
- How sensitive you are to the drug
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Ultracet Dosage for more information.)