Tylenol with codeine is normally used following a surgery, an injury or a dental procedure to help control the pain. It is usually used as a short-term solution. Some medical providers may use it to treat chronic cases of pain, such as migraines or it may be used to stabilize the pain suffered by those with certain chronic conditions.
How It Works
There are two different medications in Tylenol with codeine. These are codeine phosphate and acetaminophen. The codeine is an opioid pain reliever which is considered to be a narcotic. It is very effective at reducing pain and can also relieve coughing, however, it has side effects, including mood changes, drowsiness, and mental clouding. The pain relief from codeine comes when the liver metabolizes the codeine into morphine, an extremely effective painkiller. If a patient has a lower than normal amount of liver metabolizing function, codeine may not provide them much relief since their liver may not adequately metabolize the codeine into the morphine.
The acetaminophen is a fever reducer and a pain reliever. It is typically found in over-the-counter pain relief products, including Tylenol. When codeine is combined with acetaminophen or Tylenol, the pain relieving effectiveness of codeine is increased.
This medication is often used in children. It is safe to use in children as young as three years of age. It is available in a liquid form which makes it ideal to use with children. If you are interested in getting this medication for your child, speak with your healthcare provider.
Codeine and acetaminophen oral suspension is prescribed to help relieve mild to moderate pain. Oral tablets may be prescribed to help relieve moderate to severe pain. This medication is used to help reduce fever and relieve pain. If taken for a long time, it does not become habit-forming. However, if taken in large doses, acetaminophen may result in other side effects such as serious liver damage. In severe, but rare situations acetaminophen may result in a need to transplant a liver or even in death. These may result because of abnormally high dosages or if a patient takes several products containing acetaminophen.
Codeine is considered a narcotic analgesic, a group of pain medications. Codeine acts on the central nervous system and within the liver where it is metabolized into morphine, another serious pain reliever. If used for extended periods of time, codeine may become habit-forming and lead to physical or mental dependence upon the drug. If someone develops a physical dependence upon codeine, they may experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking the medication. Doctors will usually begin gradually reducing a patient’s dose of codeine so that they come off the drug over a period of time. This helps reduce the effects of withdrawal.
This medication should only be taken as directed by a healthcare provider. A patient should not take a larger dose or take the medication more often than prescribed. This is very important, especially in older patients. Acetaminophen with codeine is a very strong drug. Before taking this drug, discuss all details with your healthcare provider.