Tylenol with Codeine

Tylenol with codeine is frequently prescribed to relieve mild to moderate pain that is not caused by inflammation (various forms of arthritis, for example). The combined effect of the acetaminophen (Tylenol) with the narcotic analgesic of the codeine produces more effective pain relief than does either one of the medications taken alone.

Patients who have a history of allergic reactions to Tylenol products, codeine, or any other codeine-like or morphine-derived medications are likely to experience similar allergic reactions to Tylenol with codeine and should avoid its use.

Tylenol with codeine should not be taken in conjunction with antibiotics that might cause diarrhea. Many other drugs, including opioids and alcohol, should be avoided when taking this medication.

Some drug interactions will diminish the beneficial effects of a particular medication while other interactions will produce an increased, or exaggerated, effect. These interactions are impossible to predict and may lead to serious complications. It is always advisable to consult your prescribing physician about drug interactions before beginning therapy with any new medications.

Tylenol with codeine is known to cause interactions with drugs taken for hormonal dysfunction of the adrenal, thyroid, and prostate glands.

Any history of liver disease needs to be reported to the prescribing physician. Tylenol with codeine is metabolized in the liver and its presence may compound any damage done by hepatitis, excessive alcohol intake, cirrhosis, or any other liver ailments.

The effects, and side effects, of Tylenol with codeine pass from the mother to the nursing child via breast milk. This medication should be avoided while nursing. Taking it during pregnancy can be risky so it is critically important to the unborn child to discuss all treatment options before taking this medication while pregnant.

All narcotics and narcotic-like formulations carry the risk of addiction. Taking this drug in high doses and/or for long periods of time can cause tolerance and dependence. Close medical monitoring is important throughout the treatment period when taking this medication and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are quite likely if the drug is abruptly stopped.

Med-Help is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

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