Q: Is Tylenol safe for a 6 month old baby?
A: Tylenol (Pmol) is a medication that is used in infants, children and adults to relieve pain and fever. There are minimal side effect concerns in a healthy child as long as the dosing directions are appropriately followed. The prescribing information on Tylenol Infant Drops shows the following as the safest dosing of the medication: A child weighing between 6 and 11 pounds would get a dose of 0.4 ml (1/2 of the dropper) every 4 to 6 hours. Between 12 to 17 pounds the dose would be 0.8 ml (1 dropperful). Between 18 to 23 pounds the dose would be 1 and 1/2 droppersful. These doses are based on the Tylenol Infant Drops only. You should consult with your physician on dosing any other type of Tylenol medication. You should always consult with your pediatrician as to the safest choice of over the counter medications for your child. Every physician has their own preferences on ways to treat the common cold, fever, and pain for their patients. Lori Poulin, PharmD
Teething (in Babies and Toddlers)
Teething in babies typically starts between 4 and 10 months of age. Symptoms and signs of cutting teeth include rash, drooling, decreased sleeping, fussiness, bringing the hands to the mouth, and rubbing the cheek or ear. Pmol and ibuprofen may be used to treat teething pain. Do not give aspirin to babies or children due to a condition called Reye's syndrome, which can be deadly.
Risk of hepatotoxicity is higher in chronic high dose
See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Pmol?”
Pmol is a drug that reduces fever and relieves pain. It is available alone, or in combination with hundreds of other drugs available both over-the-counter (without a prescription) or that that may require a prescription from your doctor, for example, Pmol and hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco) or Pmol and oxycodone (Percocet).
Pmol treats a variety of diseases or other medical problems that cause pain or fever. Examples of conditions Pmol treats include, headache, minor arthritis pain, back pain, tooth pain, menstrual cramps, PMS, osteoarthritis, common cold, tension headache, chronic pain, hip pain, shoulder and neck pain, sore throat, sinus infection, teething, TMJ, bites and stings, and sprains and strains.
Pmol generally has no side effects when taken as prescribed. When side effects are experienced, the most common are headache, rash, and nausea.
In 2014, the FDA recommended that doctors and other health care professionals only prescribe Pmol in doses of 325 mg or less. This warning highlights the potential for allergic reactions, for example, face, mouth, and throat swelling, difficulty breathing, itching, or rash. This action also will help reduce the risk of severe liver injury and serious allergic reactions associated with this drug. Other possible serious side effects adverse effects include anemia, kidney damage, thrombocytopenia (a reduced number of platelets in the blood), and liver problems.
Other patient information. Do not take more than one product that contains Pmol at the same time. Do not take more than one Pmol-containing drug than directed. Do not drink alcohol while taking medicine that contains Pmol due to severe liver damage.
REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.
Other Pmol Warnings
McNeil, the maker of Tylenol, has faced more than 80 federal personal injury lawsuits over the drug's safety.
Since 2011, after decades of regulatory tussle, the FDA has required that a black box warning be added to the label of all prescription (not OTC) Pmol medications, highlighting that that the drug carries a potential for acute liver failure.
The FDA also moved to limit the amount of Pmol in prescription drugs to 325 mg per dose, and added a warning to prescription labels about the potential for allergic reactions.
Before taking any medication containing Pmol, you need to tell your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, or a history of alcoholism.
Your doctor also needs to know about any allergies you have, and about any other drugs you are taking — prescription or OTC — as they might also contain Pmol, or interact with it.
What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Pmol?
Side effects of Pmol include:
Serious side effects of Pmol include:
This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.
Q: What sypmtoms do you get after quitting Tylenol PM?
A: Your question concerns Tylenol-PM (Pmol-diphenhydramine) (//www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/tylenol-pm). None of the ingredients in Tylenol PM is at all addictive, so there should be no symptoms associated with quitting. If you were taking Tylenol PM for an extended period of time and are now having any unpleasant feelings, it is always a good idea to check with one
Q: What are the long term negative effects of taking Arthritis Extra Strength Tylenol?
A: Honestly, it depends on a lot of other things. There have been people in geriatric home care who have taken high dose Tylenol (Pmol) for years and years with no problems. However, other medications, disease states and extreme dietary modifications can influence how your body metabolizes Tylenol. I usually tell most people to have liver enzymes checked every 6 months and to watch their body for unusual aches and pains (with or without fever) that go away when the Tylenol is discontinued. Please visit us here for more information: //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/tylenol Matt Curley, PharmD
What are the uses for Pmol?
Pmol is used for the relief of fever as well as aches and pains associated with many conditions. Pmol relieves pain in mild arthritis but has no effect on the underlying inflammation, redness, and swelling of the joint. If the pain is not due to inflammation, Pmol is as effective as aspirin.
Pmol is as effective as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen (Motrin) in relieving the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee. Unless directed by a physician, Pmol should not be used for longer than 10 days.
Q: What are the side effects from taking Tylenol PM?
A: Tylenol PM is a mixture of Pmol and diphenhydramine. It is marketed as a combined analgesic and sedative. Common side effects with diphenhydramine, one of the active ingredients in Tylenol PM, include motor impairment, dry mouth and throat, flushed skin, rapid or irregular heartbeat, blurred vision at nearpoint owing to lack of accommodation, abnormal sensitivity to bright light, pupil dilation, urinary retention, constipation, difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, visual disturbances, hallucinations, irregular breathing, dizziness, irritability, itchy skin, confusion, decreased body temperature (generally in the hands and/or feet), erectile dysfunction, excitability, and delirium. These are not all the side effects of Tylenol PM. For a complete list, talk to your healthcare provider. Use of TYLENOL
Taking too much Pmol can cause liver damage, sometimes serious enough to require liver transplantation or cause death. You might accidentally take too much Pmol if you do not follow the directions on the prescription or package label carefully, or if you take more than one product that contains Pmol.
Tylenol Liver Damage
Tylenol liver damage (Pmol) can occur from accidentally ingesting too much Pmol, or intentionally. Signs and symptoms of Pmol-induced liver damage may include: nauseau, vomiting, kidney failure, bleeding disorders, coma, and death. Pmol is a drug contained in over 200 OTC and prescription medications from NyQuil to Vicodin. Avoiding unintentional overdoses include reading medication labels, write down the dosages of medications you are taking, do not drink excessive alcohol while taking Pmol. In severe cases, a liver transplant may be necessary.
Q: How safe is taking 3000 mg of Tylenol for an extended period for recuperation from surgery?
A: Tylenol (Pmol) is a medication used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain and fever. The maximum daily dose of Tylenol (Pmol) is 4 grams or 4,000 mg. It is important to include all sources of Tylenol (Pmol) in calculating the total daily dose as Pmol is found in many over the counter medications including cold medications. Those with liver or kidney disease may need lower doses. Patients who drink three or more alcoholic beverages a day should avoid Tylenol (Pmol) due to the risk of liver damage. Other than the above cautions it is considered safe to take 4,000 mg or less of Pmol a day. Laura Cable, PharmD
What drugs interact with Pmol?
Pmol is metabolized (eliminated by conversion to other chemicals) by the liver. Therefore drugs that increase the action of liver enzymes that metabolize Pmol, reduce the levels of Pmol and may decrease the effectiveness action of Pmol.
Doses of Pmol greater than the recommended doses are toxic to the liver and may result in severe liver damage. The potential for Pmol to harm the liver is increased when it is combined with alcohol or drugs that also harm the liver.
Cholestyramine (Questran) reduces the effect of Pmol by decreasing its absorption into the body from the intestine. Therefore, Pmol should be administered 3 to 4 hours after cholestyramine or one hour before cholestyramine .
Pmol doses greater than 2275 mg per day may increase the blood thinning effect of warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) by an unknown mechanism. Therefore, prolonged administration or large doses of Pmol should be avoided during warfarin therapy.
You can take these steps to avoid Pmol overdose:
- Always securely close Pmol containers and use child-proof bottles. Keep all medication out of the reach of children and securely locked up.
- Know the correct dose of Pmol and the amount of Pmol in the preparation you are using. If taken in recommended doses, there is no risk of poisoning from Pmol. In fact, to prevent accidental overdose, the maker of Extra-Strength Tylenol brand Pmol has reduced the maximum dose from 8 pills (4,000 milligrams) to 6 pills (3,000 milligrams) a day. Also, the FDA has asked drug companies to limit the amount of Pmol in prescription medications to 325 milligrams per dose.
- Never mix different medications if both medications contain Pmol, except if instructed to do so by your doctor. For example, Pmol with codeine and cold medicine containing Pmol should not be taken together. Read product labels. They clearly indicate the contents.
If you or a family member is depressed and suicidal, remove all medications and dangerous substances from the house and seek medical attention immediately.
If you are unsure about how and when to take pain medications, ask your doctor for a plan. Write down this plan and follow it.
- When you are given a new medication, always make sure the doctor knows all of the medication and supplements that you are taking, both prescribed and nonprescribed. The easiest way to do this is to keep a written list of medications and supplements and go over it with your doctor.