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Is it unhealthy to take tylenol (acetaminophen) pm every night to help sleep?

Is it unhealthy to take tylenol (acetaminophen) pm every night to help sleep?

Its ok: Tylenol (acetaminophen) pm is tylenol (acetaminophen) mixed with benadryl. There is essentially no problem with nightly use. ...Read more

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I took Tylenol pm 8 hrs ago and didn't sleep. Can I take. 0.5 mg of a xanax now to help me sleep?

I took Tylenol pm 8 hrs ago and didn't sleep. Can I take. 0.5 mg of a xanax now to help me sleep?

Xanax: If you haven't taken any other benzodiazepines (like valium, ativan, klonopin) and the xanax is prescribed by your physician, then it should be fine to take 8 hours after the Tylenol PM ...Read more

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Can I take Tylenol PM the night before a colonoscopy?

Can I take Tylenol PM the night before a colonoscopy?

Fine: Should be fine as long as you have no condition that is adversely affected by TYLENOL such as either allergy or liver disease. H Robert Silverstein M.D. FACC ...Read more

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Can I take mucinex fast max night time cold and flu with Tylenol pm?

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Can I take mucinex fast max night time cold and flu with Tylenol pm?

Better not: Both combinations contain almost similar ingredients, stick to only one, and read the labels carefully. The mucinex combo has a decongestant as well, so be careful if you have high blood pressure, wish you well ...Read more

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Can I take ambien and Tylenol pm?

Can I take ambien and Tylenol pm?

Sedation: The Tylenol PM contains antihistamine which can interact with the Ambien: not a good idea. ...Read more

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Can you take Allegra D and Tylenol PM together?

Can you take Allegra D and Tylenol PM together?

Yes you can, however: If you are taking the tylenol pm to help you sleep, it might not work in case you are taking the allegra-d 24 hours, but if taking the allegra-d 12 hours in the morning then the tylenol pm would work at night.

good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications ...Read more

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I've been taking ten Tylenol PM a night for at least two weeks, am I in danger?

I've been taking ten Tylenol PM a night for at least two weeks, am I in danger?

Acetaminophen: Https://www.tylenol.com/safety-dosing/usage/dosage-for-adults
Even the manufacturers of Tylenol do not recommend taking more than six tabs in a 24 hour period due to the risk of liver injury. This was recently *lowered* from the maximum of eight tabs. ...Read more

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I just took 1 500mg Tylenol PM and about an hour later I took 30mL of NyQuil. Am I at any serious health risk. It's the only time I've done so.

I just took 1 500mg Tylenol PM and about an hour later I took 30mL of NyQuil. Am I at any serious health risk. It's the only time I've done so.

Nothing serious: Tylenol is quite safe up to 2 grams per day. So you should not have any serious after effects. Be careful and have your m, ind focus on the medicines when you take any pills! ...Read more

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I think I took 4 Tylenol pm pills instead of 2 when I was getting ready for bed. Is this ok?

I think I took 4 Tylenol pm pills instead of 2 when I was getting ready for bed. Is this ok?

Tylenol overdose: It depends on when you had your last dosage, the current state of your liver, and the number of milligrams you took. 4 Grams within 24 hours is concerning. If you feel weak, nauseous, and have abdominal pain you should definitely get yourself
evaluated as soon as possible. You should follow up with your physician regardless. Following directions as prescribed is crucial to preventing an overdose. ...Read more

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I drank a beer and a bit of fireball at about 10/10:30, and took 2 Tylenol pm at 12:30, am I going to have to go to the doctor?

I drank a beer and a bit of fireball at about 10/10:30, and took 2 Tylenol pm at 12:30, am I going to have to go to the doctor?

Fireball whiskey: Drinks? Don't have any idea of how much liquor you drank? Are you feeling ill in any manner? If you drank one 12 ounce beer & 1 shot of whiskey- then took 2 tylenol than you will likely be fine. Did you drink massive amounts of alcohol? Perhaps you could resubmit with more info- there isn't enough here to be able to say. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take tylenol (acetaminophen) pm every night to help me sleep I have a very hard time sleeping I have to take it every night 2 of them I have since a teen.

Underlying pain: If you need tylenol (acetaminophen) to get to sleep and you have canker sores tooth abscess and bad breath, you have an underlying pain problem hat will not let you sleep

you need to see a dentist and get you mouth cleaned up as that could be triggering a lot of problems in your body. ...Read more

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Am I right that it's no issue to take tylenol (acetaminophen) pm every nite to go to sleep?

Yes: Although dr. Stein is correct in what he says is the cause of insomnia, there is little risk of excess tylenol (acetaminophen) if you take one dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) pm per night. ...Read more

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Not every night, but most I take a tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 to help me sleep. Just one. Unhealthy?

Not every night, but most I take a tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 to help me sleep. Just one. Unhealthy?

Probably: If you are taking a narcotic every night then there is a problem. You should have a really good discussion with your doctor about why you need Codeine every night to go to sleep. Something might need more attention. ...Read more

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Can I take a sleep medicine with famotidine such as night time Nyquil or Tylenol (acetaminophen) pm?

Yes: Usually, there is no interaction with famotidine and nyquil or tylenol (acetaminophen) PM. Some recommend avoiding the combination with a different pain medication such as enteric-coated naproxen as the combination may result in premature dissolution of enteric coating, potentially increasing risk of stomach ulcers sometimes associated with naproxen. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I have to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM to get to sleep?

Is it bad that I have to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM to get to sleep?

Not short term: Okay for a few days but long term leads to tolerance and dependence. Also can be a lot of Tylenol (acetaminophen) on regular basis. ...Read more

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Should I take tylenol (acetaminophen) pm or simply sleep for allergies?

Should I take tylenol (acetaminophen) pm or simply sleep for allergies?

Sure: Tylenol (acetaminophen) pm contains tylenol (acetaminophen) which may not be needed to get to sleep or allergies but probably isn't harmful unless using other tylenol (acetaminophen) throughout the day. Diphenhydramine (main ingredient in many of the medications) makes people very sleep, particularly wen not used everyday so as far as overall allergy medication, as long as not having hangover in day can be quite effective. ...Read more

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I take ambien 10 and temazipam and 200mg seroquel xr and still can't sleep, will taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) pm help?

I take ambien 10 and temazipam and 200mg seroquel xr and still can't sleep, will taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) pm help?

NO: You are having either drug resistance to medication or an improbable case of chronic insomnia. I suggest a sleep study to rule out obstructive sleep apnea. Ask about Rozerem (ramelteon) and Belsomra, new, non- addictive forms of sleeping medication. Ambien and temazepam are both quite sedating and potentially addictive. Speak to you prescribing physician. ...Read more

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If I took two 5/500 Vicodin 4 hours ago for back pain, can I take two Tylenol (acetaminophen) pm to help me sleep?

Not yet: You should wait 6 hours after the Vicodin before taking 2 Tylenol (acetaminophen). Look at the bottle of tylenol (acetaminophen) and follow the instructions for how often and how many mg at a time you should take it. ...Read more

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I have been taking over-the-counter sleeping pills and I have to take 4 to 5 times the dose what is going on I have been taking melatonin, tylenol (acetaminophen) pm, sominex

I have been taking over-the-counter sleeping pills and I have to take 4 to 5 times the dose what is going on I have been taking melatonin, tylenol (acetaminophen) pm, sominex

Insomnia: Insomnia isn't much fun. So first things first- no naps, no late night eating or water drinking to wake you up to urinate and give you heartburn. Exercise every day so you are tired. Don't drink alcohol at night! It breaks down into chemicals in about six hours that both wake you up and make you urinate. Bad plan. Your bedroom should be a place to sleep, not a place to surf on your computer, watch tv and eat snacks. Put a little tape over all your tiny lights so the room is dark and keep it cool. Keep regular sleeping hours.

Any otc medication that says "pm"- be it advil pm, tylenol (acetaminophen) pm etc has the medication Diphenhydramine or good ol' Benadryl and that antihistamine gives you a dry mouth and you feel rotten in the morning. Don't take more than 25 mg of Benadryl to sleep. Look at the labels- they are all the same. Melatonin is a supplement that some folks like but more isn't better.

If you are doing all the above things right- and you aren't depressed or sad or anxious (which is a whole different story) then consider seeing a doctor who specializes in sleep. But most insomniacs don't have good sleep hygiene so they don't sleep well because their room is hot, lit up and they keep drinking wine at night. All great ways to lose sleep. Good luck. ...Read more

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70 year old male going to have cataract surgery in 10 days and told he can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for unrelated joint pain. Can he take Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM instead? He has trouble sleeping with the pain.

70 year old male going to have cataract surgery in 10 days and told he can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for unrelated joint pain. Can he take Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM instead? He has trouble sleeping with the pain.

Talk to your doctor: Tylenol PM has acetaminophen and diphenhydramine (benadryl). Benadryl has historically been prescribed for sleep. Some people tolerate this well with good sleep. Some people experience excitation and insomnia. Long term use of this drug in the elderly can cause memory impairment and is not generally recommended. Talk to your doctor about alternatives for treatment of your insomnia. Best wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Alvin Stein
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