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hmmm…I’m not to sure. My sister has the same problem…
How can you find out? I am very worried and don’t know what to do.
Try Tylenol.com and go to the contact us tab and send in the question.
I know that they don’t contain that much codiene but he is taking alot of them at a time like 6-8 at a time I am just afraid because he is a recovering alcoholic, he also wnet through a period of time when he was using cocaine almost daily. So you can understand why I am scared.
He is not is any 12 step, his doctor does not know because he goes to Canada to get them they are over the counter there. It does not seem to impair his behavior like alcohol did but I know it can not be good for him the Tylenol he is taking is only 8mg of codene but like I said he takes alot in at one time does this sound like addiction?
I know that they don’t contain that much codiene but he is taking alot of them at a time like 6-8 at a time I am just afraid because he is a recovering alcoholic, he also went through a period of time when he was using cocaine almost daily. So you can understand why I am scared.
i have to say.. with any medication… if you take them long enough, your body becomes immune to them.. so taking an extra one here and there is sometimes needed..
however.. it seems as though your friend may be misusing this medication. he should be aware that when you misuse any form of drug or prescription.. it will eventually attack your liver.. once your liver is affected… then your other organs begin to feel the outcome of it.. and begin to shut down.. leading to death..
i’m fully aware of what he is doing. I live in Canada and many ppl just walk up to a pharmacy and ask for tylenol # 1 or the generic brands. Canada has a policy where we allow up to 8 mg of codeine with caffeine and tylenol or ASA without a script. Anything higher he would need a doctor for his pain, like a Tylenol 3 for example. So those who can’t get the tylenol 3’s result in taking very large amounts of tylenol 1’s to get that higher narcotic effect. Nonetheless, yes his liver is in serious danger if he does this on a daily basis. I only know of one method that may help him and he needs to want to quit. Gradual taper off the pills. Take 4 per day for a week, then 3 per day the next week until he can ween right down. Usually a 10 percent decrease per week. Hope it helps. Thanks, Derek
[quote Anonymous] Yes, Tylenol 1 contains 8mg codeine and 300 mg acetominaphen. Sometimes, it really does come down to an individual’s personality, i.e. if a person has a highly addictive personality. I can share with you that I have fibromyalgia/ neuropathic pain and I am on much higher dosages of pain medications. But sometimes, to keep my stock of strong medications lasting longer, I have taken Tylenol #1’s in larger numbers. My situation is maybe different because it is a true neuropathic pain condition, but if the person HAS had problems with alcohol and/or drug addictions, it’s really important to carefully watch what they are using and how much they are using. It can be a slippery slope, for sure.
I’m not a physician, but I have experienced the use of tylenol 1’s. Let’s face it, codeine is codeine. And given enough codeine, even from Tylenol 1’s, it can satisfy a person’s craving for drug use. Personally speaking again, I’d just make sure you keep a close watch, if possible on what the person is taking, and if you have serious questions and issues, talk to your family doctor or even counselling is viable option for people with addictions. It’s hardly anything to be ashamed or embarassed about as addictions are true diseases as well. I hope that helps and the best of luck.
Like people above have said, Tylenol 1’s contain 8mg of codeine. The problem with codeine is that the body turns it into morphine and thats how it helps to block pain receptors. A person can easily become addicted to the codeine (morphine) if they take too many or take them for extended periods of time.
I would almost be more concerned about the acetaminophen than the codeine. Tylenol is toxic to the liver in not very large doses, especially if taken habitually or if the person also drinks alcohol regularly, or has any liver damage. You can ask a pharmacist or specifics on what is considered a toxic and lethal dose, but it is not safe to take in those doses, which are not indicated on the label.
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I agree with being more concerned about the acetaminophen than the codeine for harmful effects on your body, I personally took very large amounts of tylenol 1s for over 20 yrs at one point it completly shut down my liver and I slipped into a 6 day comma which I was very lucky to have made it through not everybody is that fortunate. To anybody out there that thinks this is not an addictive drug doesn;t have a clue as to the harm it can do to someoneone physically and emotionally. I have no history in my family that I know of with any type of addiction sometimes it’s just to change your state of mind for me it masked my insecurities I had,after a period of time I was just plain addicted. I’m not a drinker and I haven’t tried any other drugs I’m a mom of 2 beautiful kids that I had to what go through withdral because I took t1’s while pregant. If that couldn’t make me quit you know there a very addictive drug! I have been to rehab 4 times and detox countless times. so to answer your question yes this is a very addictive drug. I don’t know if my story was of any help to anyone but hopefully someone out there will have read it and respect the drug for what it can do to you and your family.
I took about 60 tylenol ones a day for years at a rate of ten pills every four hours. I was self medicating my bipolar type one disorder and numbly buried my boredom with life by staying high. This is how I used to feel from the t-1’s; constant acid indigestion, stomach aches and feeling very full all the time. I had to sleep and rest with the upper part of my body elevated because the acid reflux got so bad i would find myself vomiting bile etc. I also had intestinal cramps every day from the t-1’s causing constipation. Towards the end of this drug abuse I was hearing and seeing things that weren’t there. How did I quit tylenol ones? I went to an addictions specialist and followed the advice I was given. I was given a home detox on a finite number of meds for a five day period. I came off the t-1’s cold turkey so I had some unpleasant effects over those five days. I had my detox managed with five days of sleep meds and a tranquilizer for the same amount of time. A nurse employed by my addictions doctor randomly dropped by the house to pee test me which I had to agree to so I could get the doctor’s help. The main thing I was told was to start going to 12 step meetings which I did as of the fifth day of my detox. By that time I was shaky still and swinging from sweats to chills sometimes repeating that cycle very five minutes. My friend took me to an NA meeting which became a daily occurrence and I didn’t take a tylenol one again. All I had to do was follow the NA program. I started journalling and got a sponsor who helped me formally work through the 12 steps. At 3 months clean I started sharing my experiences with addiction and recovery. I did this by being a member of an NA speaker’s panel and shared my story(there is far more to my story that the breifest glimpse I am giving here). With NA I spoke at jails, juvy halls, and detox and treatment centres. At 6 months clean I was speaking in schools and I started to volunteer for the SAlvation Army and the Union Gospel Mission drop-in centre helping other addicts find recovery thus enhancing my own recovery. This was in 2001 and as I was out of work I threw myself into recovery and through volunteering became an outreach worker(it was a payin job and although it wasn’t a large sum I earned , it was a living wage). I did that job for five years and with 2 others in NA we started another regular 12 step meeting which grew. I have had a relapse after 7 years clean but not with tylenol ones, on coke, but that’s another story. I am clean today of all drugs of abuse but back to the tylenol ones. It was pretty simple. I had a medically managed detox for the first 5 days but after that it was up to me and my commitment to staying clean with NA. aS ADVISED i DID 90 MEETINGS IN 90 DAY AND i TOOK THE ADVISE OF THOSE WHO HAD MADE FURTHER DOWN the road to recovery than I had. It’s been 10 years since I was on t-1’s. All I can say is get professional help and get to some 12 step meetings. You can do meetings online as well but that is only a substitute from attending the meetings in person. If you have other issues eg: bipolar,schizophrenia,PTSD, or ADHD,dual diagnosis etc.get a professional to help you, eg: psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellors who specialize in addictions as well as mood disorders and with dedication, time, honesty(especially with yourself) and if you slip along the way make the most of the contact phone numbers you get from people at your 12 step meeting who want to want to help you and I wish you the best. Anyone can find recovery regardless of the time, dosage and type of drug used.
I have been taking 20-30 tylenol 1’s a day for the last year and a half. I am desperately wanting to quit, I am noticing alot of serious side effects because of them, my kidneys hurt, my heart races, and I have a horrible rash strting on my legs. Today is the day…….i am done!
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