Pretty much everyone experiences pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes it’s just a headache or a minor injury or brief illness — but for many, pain involves more chronic issues such as arthritis or back pain. Many medications can help manage pain, with the best known being over the counter pain relievers like Motrin (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen), or Tylenol (acetaminophen). These drugs (except Tylenol) — known as NSAIDs, short for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — work remarkably well for a variety of conditions. But here’s the rub: They work so well that these products get tossed into many other medications, both over-the-counter or prescription-only formulations. That makes it surprisingly easy to take too much without even knowing it.
What is Tylenol with Codeine?
Tylenol (Generic Name: Acetaminophen) remains the “gold standard” in pain relievers. Because of its effectiveness and excellent safety profile, tylenol has long been the preferred choice among doctors for most pain conditions, including mild to moderate migraines and tension headaches. Acetaminophen, as found in Tylenol products, works without stomach upset and has no effect on blood clotting. It is considered to have the best safety profile with the fewest side effects. Tylenol – Codeine combinations are thought to bring more pain relief than that achieved with Tylenol alone. This combination is used to relieve mild to severe pain. The formulations of Tylenol with Codeine that have the higher codeine contents are used to relieve more severe pain. More frequently Tylenol with Codeine preparations are: Tylenol 1 – 8mg of Codeine, Tylenol 2 – 15mg of Codeine, Tylenol 3 – 30mg of Codeine and Tylenol 4 – 60mg of Codeine.
Codeine is a narcotic pain reliever (analgesic). Its precise mechanism of pain relief is not clearly understood. Codeine is frequently combined with Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for more effective pain relief. Codeine is used for the relief of mild to moderately severe pain. Codeine can impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery. Alcohol and other sedatives, such as Xanax, can produce further brain impairment and even confusion when combined with codeine. Therefore, alcohol and other sedative intake should be limited when taking codeine. Codeine is generally avoided in children. Codeine may be habit forming. Mental and physical dependence can occur, but are unlikely when used for short-term pain relief.
Tylenol 3 with Codeine preparation:
Tylenol 3 is a narcotic pain medication that contains both Acetaminophen 500 mg and Codeine 30 mg. The 3 means that there are three grains of codeine combined with 500 milligrams of acetaminophen. Codeine is a prescription strength narcotic pain reliever and Tylenol is a very effective over-the-counter medicine. When the two are mixed, the pain relief is greater than if only one was taken.
Side Effects of Tylenol 3 with Codeine:
Lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and sedation. Other side effects include allergic reactions, constipation, abdominal pain, and itching.
Safety Precautions when taking Tylenol 3 with Codeine:
Never take more codeine than is prescribed for you. If your pain is not being adequately treated, talk to your doctor. Do not stop taking codeine suddenly if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Stopping suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms and make you very uncomfortable. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce your codeine dose.
Tylenol 3 with Codeine storage conditions:
Keep Tylenol 3 in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of Tylenol 3.
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