Tylenol with Codeine
Brand-name Tylenol with Codeine is made by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.
General considerations for when and how to take Tylenol with Codeine include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet and oral solution (liquid) form. It is taken by mouth as frequently as every four hours (up to a certain maximum dose per day, depending on the particular strength).
- 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.
- Tylenol with Codeine is either taken "as needed" or on a scheduled 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), while "scheduled use" means you should take it on schedule, even if you are not in pain. Most healthcare providers prescribe the medication on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis. In some situations, a scheduled basis is appropriate, such as in people with constant cancer-related pain.
- It is best to take Tylenol with Codeine with food, as this may help reduce nausea and vomiting.
- For Tylenol with Codeine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking the drug, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks.
The dose of Tylenol with Codeine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- 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.
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