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Tylenol #3

(Acetaminophen / Codeine)

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Treats mild to moderate pain.

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Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) is a good option to treat pain and cough as needed when over-the-counter medicines can't control the symptoms, but must make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.

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Upsides

  • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (codeine) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
  • Provides quick relieve for mild to moderate pain to improve quality of life.
  • Good for as-needed pain and control.
  • Generally well tolerated by people, especially if taken with food to lower risk of stomach upset.
  • Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
  • Can help you fall asleep easier.
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Downsides

  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
  • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Acetaminophen with codeine if you need.
  • All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
  • The non-opioid part of Acetaminophen with codeine, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
  • Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
  • Avoid alcohol.

What to expect when you take Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) for Pain

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Side effect rates for Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine)

Common concerns from people taking Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine)

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Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol.
Food
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
Pain
  • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (codeine) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
  • Good for as-needed pain and control.
  • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain.
  • Pain relief lasts 4-6 hours.
  • Well it sure don't take away my back pain, to me the doctor is not the one in pain so don't care what they give a non druggy. People that are straight and hurt so bad they give worthless pain medicine. They don't feel my pain at all the guess
  • I find it doesnt really get rid of the pain, the pain still hovers there in the background like a friend waving though the window. The codeine just makes you not notice it as much, still worth taking if you live with pain every day.
  • It only works great for mild-moderate pain relief. Needed something stronger the 1st mo of my injury.
Sleep
  • Can help you fall asleep easier.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.