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There is something really important to consider as to WHY it is so important he stick to the instructions, (this should help you scare him into sticking to his dosages) is that those drugs have acetaminophen in them. And that in large doses can actually kill you. There is a limit to what a person can take (some will argue what that is) but the range is 2000-4000 mg in a 24 hour period. (depends on height, weight, medical condition). The way to add that up is if he has 5/500 vicodin, the 5 is the narcotic property and the second number, the 500, is the buffer of acetaminophen. If he takes 4 of those in 24 hours, he is already at 2000 mgs. It doesn't take much. With an overdose symptoms may not occur until 12 or more hours after the acetaminophen was swallowed. This is all even worse with alcohol.

There is an argument that they either made these drugs that way to stop people from taking too many or that docs prescribe these specific drugs with buffers to prevent people from taking more than they are supposed to. (some people don't listen or don't know though and that is the danger)

I had a terrible experience once back when I first had my accident, where I was taking my vicodin and I would take more than I was supposed to. my skin and eyes turned yellow and I had to go to the ER where they told me my liver was shutting down. I had to get these mucomyst treatments for 3 days. it was very scary. (I had taken 4000mgs in a 35 hour period) I was fairly healthy and not drinking. So it can and does happen.

This is why I know all this, because I speak from experience. I hope this helps you.

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