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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tylenol (Definition)

Acetaminophen (tylenol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more


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How long after last consuming alcohol do you have to wait before taking tylenol (acetaminophen)? The alcohol consumed was 3 standard drinks, 24 hours ago.

How long after last consuming alcohol do you have to wait before taking tylenol (acetaminophen)?  The alcohol consumed was 3 standard drinks, 24 hours ago.

You are clear to use: The alcohol is broken down in the liver using the same toxin removal system as the acetaminophen. If used at the same time there is some chance of a toxic effect on the delicate liver cells. Since the half-life of alcohol is a couple of hours, the material is long gone and you can use the medication without any problem. ...Read more

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Exactly how long must you wait before consuming alcohol after a single 500-mg dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) assuming no more tylenol (acetaminophen) is taken? 24 hours? 48? 72?

Exactly how long must you wait before consuming alcohol after a single 500-mg dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) assuming no more tylenol (acetaminophen) is taken? 24 hours? 48? 72?

If 1/2 life = 2-3 hr: You should be quite safe 24hrs later. You can always check with the tylenol (acetaminophen) tech support folk — or your pharmacist or doctor. But the next day sounds reasonably safe. Hope it goes fine. ...Read more

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How long after taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) Cold severe do I need to wait to drink alcohol?

How long after taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) Cold severe do I need to wait to drink alcohol?

Don't take: As a general rule: Don't take Tylenol(*T) if you are drinking, and don't drink alcohol (*A) if you are taking*T.*T is metabolized in the liver and changed into chemicals that are excreted in the urine.*A(interferes with this process and a chemical toxic to the liver builds up, which can cause liver failure.(more likely if you've consumed *A for several days in a row or take>6 ExTra Strength Caps/day ...Read more

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How long am I suppose to wait after drinking alcohol before taking tylenol (acetaminophen) for my headache?

How long am I suppose to wait after drinking alcohol before taking tylenol (acetaminophen) for my headache?

Depends: Alcohol is never a good mix with any medication of any kind as it changes the chemistry. Also, depends on how much alcohol you drank and how long the body takes to metabolize it. This you need to ask you physician as they would be in the best position to know how your body functions. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking the recommended dose of extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) pm?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Alcohol: I may be going against the grain here, but please if you are drinking do not use any product with acetominophen or tylenol (acetaminophen).

I have seen too much liver damage from this over the counter medication, especially those with other diseases or who drink regularly.

Tylenol is toxic to the liver. And this toxicity can increase with ongoing use of both of these products: alcohol and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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How long after taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) or DayQuil should you wait to drink alcohol?

How long after taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) or DayQuil should you wait to drink alcohol?

Don't take: As a general rule: Don't take Tylenol (acetaminophen) (*T) if you are drinking, and don't drink alcohol (*A) if you are taking*T.*T is metabolized in the liver and changed into chemicals that are excreted in the urine.*A(interferes with this process and a chemical toxic to the liver builds up, which can cause liver failure (more likely if you've consumed *A for several days in a row or take>6 ExTra Strength Caps/ ...Read more

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Pelvic fracture. Hydrocodone is not working, I want to try alcohol? How long should I wait to transition, so the Tylenol(325) won't interact with alc

Pelvic fracture. Hydrocodone is not working, I want to try alcohol? How long should I wait to transition, so the Tylenol(325) won't interact with alc

Not good: Alcohol is not good for pain.if your medicine is not working ask your doctor for a different medicine.with alcohol you are placing yourself into a greater danger and putting yourself at risk of injuring yourself. If the goal is a pain control alcohol is not the answer.if the goal is to get drunk to forget your misery, alcohol will make your depression worst and your pain unmanageable. ...Read more

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Is tylenol (acetaminophen) threes mixed with alcohol lethal?

Is tylenol (acetaminophen) threes mixed with alcohol lethal?

DEPENDS ON AMOUNT: It can be lethal if both are taken in excess. Alcohol in large amount can be rarely lethal and so is codein and acetaminophen(tylenol 3 contains Codeine and acetaminophen)alcohol and Acetaminophen in large quantitiy are toxic for liver and in large amounts can cause liver failure and large doses of Codeine can cause respiratory depression
so it depends on amount ingested in combination. ...Read more

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How long after taking 2 extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) can you have alcohol?

Liver: The next day. Without knowing your liver health it would be weird for us physicians to give you permission to drink alcohol when you are on medication that is very hard on the liver. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Can I drink alcohol while taking tylenol (acetaminophen)?

No.: It is ill-advised to consume these together. Both are metabolized in the liver and concurrent use can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Can. I drink alcohol. While im on tylenol (acetaminophen) 1000mg?

Can. I drink alcohol. While im on tylenol (acetaminophen) 1000mg?

No: Combining tylenol (acetaminophen) with alcohol have an additive effect that is greater than each substance alone in causing potential liver problems. ...Read more

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Are there certain things that are more indicative of alcohol damage vs. Aspirin/tylenol damage?

History & labs: Of course if patient tells you they drink vs take/took Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) but also the liver function tests usually are initially elevated in different patterns between the two. If the damage progresses to failure, it becomes a moot point in short term critical care of patient. ...Read more

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How many hours after taking 2 tablets of "tylenol sinus congestion and pain" can a person consume one serving of alcohol?

How many hours after taking 2 tablets of "tylenol sinus congestion and pain" can a person consume one serving of alcohol?

Safety?: As a combination, it is likely to be indirectly harmful. You are unlikely to permanently damage your liver, but the effects on your alertness, reaction time as well as dizziness or fatigue should be considered. ...Read more

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I took tylenol (acetaminophen) before drinking alcohol. Is this serious? Should I be concerned?

I took tylenol (acetaminophen) before drinking alcohol. Is this serious? Should I be concerned?

No: Not if you took 2 plain or even extra-strength acetaminophen, and even if you got drunk. However, REGULAR use of tylenol, even in therapeutic doses (2 grams or fewer per day, 4 grams at MOST), together with REGULAR use of alcohol, can cause toxicity and damage the liver. If you take a VERY large amount of tylenol, alcohol can make that more toxic and likely to cause liver damage. ...Read more

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Can drug exposed babies (9 weeks old) have baby tylenol (acetaminophen) / Advil to help with the pains? He was also exposed to alcohol

Acetomenophen: I will assume the infant was watched at the hospital after birth and went through any withdrawal symptoms under a physicians care. By 9 weeks out, those issues should be past but baby will have its discomforts periodically. Acetomenophen is the preffered soothing otc med at that age while we delay Ibuprofen until they turn 6 mo. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol with tylenol (acetaminophen) pm?

Tylenol/Alcohol: I would not recommend drinking the same night u take the tylenol-pm. ...Read more

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How many hours after taking tylenol (acetaminophen) can I drink alcohol?

How many hours after taking tylenol (acetaminophen) can I drink alcohol?

Stay away from: Alcohol. A chronic heavy drinker (3 or more drinks per day) should not take tylenol (acetaminophen) at all. If you are an occasional drinker, do not both in less than 24 hours of each other. Women are more susceptible to liver damage from this combination, hence my suggestion, stay away from alcohol. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol after taking 500mg tylenol (acetaminophen) in about 6 hours?

Can I drink alcohol after taking 500mg tylenol (acetaminophen) in about 6 hours?

How much alcohol?: Alcohol makes acetaminophen (tylenol) more toxic, so it depends on how much you are drinking. In general, safe drinking limits in women are no more than 1 standard drink (5 oz wine, 1 1/2 oz distilled spirits, 12 oz beer) per day, and no more than 7 drinks per week, and never more than 3 on one occasion. At a safe level, alcohol is not likely to cause harm, with or without the tylenol. ...Read more

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I drank 1 shot of alcohol then had two cups of water 1.5 hours ago. Just took a tylenol (acetaminophen). Will my liver fail and I die?

I drank 1 shot of alcohol then had two cups of water 1.5 hours ago. Just took a tylenol (acetaminophen). Will my liver fail and I die?

Not likely if you : Took one tylenol (acetaminophen) as stated. However, tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose is a leading cause of liver failure & death. ...Read more

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I had some tylenol (acetaminophen) at 4:30pm. I want to drink alcohol at 9:30pm. Is this safe? Most people recommend 2-6 hours, just want to be sure.

Should be fine: Alcohol and Acetaminophen compete in the liver for the process that breaks down the toxic features of each. As long as you are not overloading these sites, you are safe. Chronic alcohol use can damage these areas and make the remaining sites have to work overtime. If you do as you say, you are helping your liver work for you. ...Read more

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I took Tylenol with codeine this morning at 8 when can I drink alcohol?

Never: Alcohol is a poison that never did anybody any good. Stay away from it.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Took 500mg of tylenol at 1pm Rarely take tylenol or drink alcohol but want to drink a few drinks at 7pm Liver enzymes normal 2 days ago. Will it be ok?

Took 500mg of tylenol at 1pm Rarely take tylenol or drink alcohol but want to drink a few drinks at 7pm Liver enzymes normal 2 days ago. Will it be ok?

No: Women are more susceptible to the toxic effects of Tylenol and alcohol. Alcohol is a poison and it never did anybody any good, ever, so stay away from it.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I got prescribed Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 for a bad tooth ache and have only taken one dose 7 hours ago. Am I able to have any alcohol in the next couple hours?

I got prescribed Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 for a bad tooth ache and have only taken one dose 7 hours ago. Am I able to have any alcohol in the next couple hours?

Alcohol+Opioids=Bad: In general, one should avoid consuming alcohol w/opioids aka narcotics. Check out http://www.drugs.com/food-interactions/acetaminophen-codeine,tylenol-with-codeine-3.html for potential interactions btwn alcohol + acetaminophen (Tylenol) & codeine. With that said, if you're otherwise healthy and only took one dose 7hrs ago, all I will say is no more than 1 drink/d if female or 2 drinks/d if male. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Stein
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Acetaminophen (Definition)

Acetaminophen (tylenol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more