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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Vodka and painkillers I did a few shots of vodka a few hours ago and now my back is hurting. How long before I can take tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Vodka and painkillers I did a few shots of vodka a few hours ago and now my back is hurting. How long before I can take tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Whenever: As long as you are not making a habit out of it. The toxic dose of Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in tylenol (acetaminophen)) is more toxic together with alcohol, but it would take 2 extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) four to six times a day before it might cause problems, unless your liver is already damaged. We metabolize about one drink per hour, so if a couple of hours have passed, there should be no problems.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What's the least organ damaging/most body friendly of the OTC painkillers? Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Advil, or Aleve? (I realize those are brand names...)

What's the least organ damaging/most body friendly of the OTC painkillers? Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Advil, or Aleve? (I realize those are brand names...)

All are safe: None will injure you used as directed. Some folks get elevated liver function tests from even a little Tylenol (acetaminophen). Advil reversibly damages the kidneys if you get dehydrated on the stuff. Same for Aleve. Some folks get liver sensitivity to any of these. I would choose the one that gives you the best pain relief, drink plenty of water, and not worry about this.

Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Do painkillers eg. Panadol (acetaminophen) & panamax affect the birth control pill? Thanks. :)

Do painkillers eg. Panadol (acetaminophen) & panamax affect the birth control pill? Thanks. :)

No: There are no interactions between these medications (aka: apap, tylenol, acetaminophen, paracetamol), as long used as recommended and as long as you have a normal functioning liver and kidney.

Dr. Evan Allen Dr. Allen
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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I've been sick and taking painkillers every day for 5 days straight whether it would be Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol (acetaminophen). Is this bad? Head still hurts

I've been sick and taking painkillers every day for 5 days straight whether it would be Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol (acetaminophen). Is this bad? Head still hurts

Minimal Danger: Long term (weeks to months) use of painkillers can be a problem, but there is likely no great risk to using them for five days. The more concerning thing is that you are not getting better. I would advise you to see a primary care doctor to find out a diagnosis.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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What is the best painkiller for degenerative disc disease I'm currently on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)?

What is the best painkiller for degenerative disc disease I'm currently on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)?

No difference: There is no such thing as "best" or "worst" medication or painkiller, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics.

Dr. Scott Hacking Dr. Hacking
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Dr. Matt Wachsman Dr. Wachsman
Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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Had depo-medrol steroid injection on19th for allergies. Had shoulder surgery 3 weeks ago. Which painkillers are safe to take? Hydrocodone/acetaminophen?

Had depo-medrol steroid injection on19th for allergies. Had shoulder surgery 3 weeks ago. Which painkillers are safe to take? Hydrocodone/acetaminophen?

None interact with: Injection, which is a small amount of drug in one spot and not everywhere. Frankly, the slight risk is the meloxicam (aspirin like drugs potentially increasing the bleeding risk of the injection). then there are separate issues about the safety of narcotics/tylenol/etc cannot say in your particular case, but generally, safe.

Dr. Marshall Bedder Dr. Bedder
Pain Management
34 years in practice
University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine
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Is it unhealthy if I take panadol/painkiller everyday for my headaches?

Is it unhealthy if I take panadol/painkiller everyday for my headaches?

Unhealthy: If you have daily headaches you must figure out the underlying reason. Too much panadol (acetaminophen) (acetaminiophen-usa) can affect your liver function. See a neurologist who is generally the headache specialist.

Dr. John Rhoades Dr. Rhoades
Family Medicine
44 years in practice
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Isn't naproxen (aleve) supposed to be the strongest otc painkiller? Advil and tylenol (acetaminophen) seem to help me with headaches much better than aleve does

Isn't naproxen (aleve) supposed to be the strongest otc painkiller? Advil and tylenol (acetaminophen) seem to help me with headaches much better than aleve does

Individual variation: There are variations between individuals. Use the one that works the best and is suggested by you Health Care provider.

Dr. Erik Voogd Dr. Voogd
Pain Management
16 years in practice
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What are some generic painkillers?

What are some generic painkillers?

NSAIDs, acetaminophen: ibuprofen, meloxicam, naproxen sodium, acetylsalicylic acid, acetaminophen - for non-narcotic and available OTC in the U.S. This list does not include herbals.

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Could I get a list of painkillers?

Could I get a list of painkillers?

Probably: My guess is you've found your way onto the internet to access health tap. You can also access all sorts of pain killer lists. There are so many I would not know where to begin. Start by reading about 'analgesics'. You'll probably be up all night reading. Good luck!

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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How come painkillers never work on me?

How come painkillers never work on me?

Acute vs. Chronic: Acute pain can often be treated relatively quickly if right medication and right dose are used. Sometimes the medication cannot provide complete relief of pain. It may reduce but not eliminate pain completely. There is no quick fix for chronic pain. If you use acute medication for chronic pain you won’t get any relief. Chronic pain medication used from different angles and often need a team work.

Dr. Peter Kurzweil Dr. Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I have Beck pain, Can I take a painkiller?

I have Beck pain, Can I take a painkiller?

Extremely common.: Back pain is one of the most common symptoms leading people to see a physician. If is mild to moderate, see if a topical anesthetic (OTC), stretching, rest, and a bit of time will take care of it; if you can not tolerate the pain, perhaps try acetaminophen or ibuprofen OTC as long as you tolerate these meds. If severe or persistent, visit the doctor.

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Dr. Jay Joshi Dr. Joshi
Pain Management
17 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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What is the definition or description of: painkiller?

Painkiller: "painkiller" is a general term and not a medical term. Literally, it is something that "kills" the pain. That can include just about anything that is useful or effective.

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Took too many painkillers and I'm in trouble. Please help me?

Go to ER, call 911: Typing something to an online bulletin board is not what to do when you are in trouble. Calling 911 and/or going to an er or urgent care is what you do when you are in trouble. If you took too many at one time, it is already far too late for any help - you got better or you didn't. If you are taking too many chronically, you may need a detox. Talk to your doctor about a referral to a program fast.

Dr. Mitchell Cohn Dr. Cohn
Pain Management
31 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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What will happen if you take painkillers if you don't need them?

What will happen if you take painkillers if you don't need them?

Loaded question: Why would you take them if you don't need them? All medicines have side-effects, some of them lethal. Taking a medicine for no reason isn't smart at all. NSAIDs can cause problems like stomach ulcers & kidney failure. Narcotics can cause respiratory depression and death.Tylenol (acetaminophen) can cause liver failure-and death. Don't use medicines you don't need. Period.

Dr. Ganana Tesfa Dr. Tesfa
Neurology
30 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Please tell me if there are any painkillers that don't get you high?

Yes: There are different pain medicines that do not make you high. If you have chronic pain you need to be followed by a pain doctor.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis Dr. Davantzis
Dentistry
36 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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Is it ok to take painkillers if I am on pronololo 80mg slow realese for aniexty? Everyday I take 1?

Is it ok to take painkillers if I am on pronololo 80mg slow realese for aniexty? Everyday I take 1?

Consult with doctor: You are under the care of a physician who has prescibed you medications. The physician needs to monitor you if you are going to take additional meds, something that no one can do over the internet. Please discuss your needs with your physician and treat the cause of the pain rather than the symptoms. Feel better soon...

Dr. Christine Hom Dr. Hom
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Can I overdose on acetaminophen?

Can I overdose on acetaminophen?

Please do not.: If you are considering an overdose, please call 911 or your nearest emergency room. Do not harm yourself. You risk serious and irreversible damage to your body.

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