Tylenol, a narcotic analgesic, is prescribed to treat mild to moderately severe pain. It contains two drugs--acetaminophen and codeine. Acetaminophen, an antipyretic (fever-reducing) analgesic, is prescribed to reduce pain and fever. Codeine, a narcotic analgesic, is prescribed to treat pain that is moderate to severe.
People who are allergic to aspirin can take Tylenol.
Tylenol side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Shortness Of Breath;
Dosage will depend on how severe your pain is and how you respond to the drug.
To Relieve Pain
A single dose may contain from 15 mg to 60 mg of codeine phosphate and from 300 to 1,000 mg of acetaminophen. The maximum dose in a 24-hour period should be 360 mg of codeine phosphate and 4,000 mg of acetaminophen. Your doctor will determine the amounts of codeine phosphate and acetaminophen taken in each dose. Doses may be repeated up to every 4 hours.
Single doses above 60 mg of codeine do not give enough pain relief to balance the increased number of side effects.
Adults may also take Tylenol elixir (liquid). Tylenol elixir contains 120 mg of acetaminophen and 12 mg of codeine phosphate per teaspoonful.
The usual adult dose is 1 tablespoonful every 4 hours as needed.
The safety of Tylenol elixir has not been established in children under 3 years old.
Children 3 to 6 years old may take 1 teaspoonful 3 or 4 times daily.
Children 7 to 12 years old may take 2 teaspoonsful 3 or 4 times daily.
Older people and anyone in a weakened or rundown condition should use Tylenol cautiously.