What is Tylenol with Codeine?
Tylenol with codeine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Codeine is a narcotic pain reliever. Tylenol is the trademark name for acetaminophen, it is a pain reliever that when used in combination with Codeine in increases its effects.
When Tylenol with codeine is ingested the body begins to metabolize the drug, turning it into morphine. The pain reliever then travels through the blood stream and enters into the pain center of the brain. The medication then relieves any pain and reduces anxiety. Tylenol with Codeine is very effective is taken as prescribed. Just like other pain relievers, Tylenol with Codeine has the potential to depress breathing but can depress other body systems.
Easy To Find Drug
Tylenol with Codeine is a highly abuse drug for recreational purposes. This easy to find drug can be purchased in low doses over the counter or in prescription strength doses. Abusers take Tylenol with Codeine for the euphoric effects its produces. Many people with prescriptions to the medication will too begin to abuse it for purposes no prescribed by the Doctor.
Tylenol with Codeine Use
Tylenol with Codeine is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It also helps to reduce anxiety. When taken as prescribed this medication can be very effective. However it is easily abused due to its ability to produce euphoric effects when in taken in high doses. Both those prescribed the medication and those taking it for recreational purposes can abuse the medication, putting themselves at risk of serious health effects.
Regular use of Tylenol with Codeine can lead to the individual developing a tolerance. As the individual increases their dosage and continues to take the medication on a regular basis they are a high risk of developing a physical and psychological dependency. When dependent on Tylenol with Codeine and abruptly stopping its use the individual will experience symptoms of withdrawal and cravings, sending them back to the medication for relief.
Signs of Tylenol with Codeine Abuse
- Intentional Misuse of the Medication
- Visiting multiple Doctors for prescriptions
- Illegally purchasing the medication
- Stealing the medication from others
- Legal trouble
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Change in friendships
- Trouble at work or school
- Problems in personal relationships
- Withdrawal symptoms when stopping the use of the medication
Symptoms of Tylenol with Codeine Withdrawal
- Abdominal cramps
- Intense pain in the body
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle cramps with spasms
- Body chills
- Goose bumps
- Muscle spasms
- Agitated and aggressive behavior
- Increased heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Runny nose and eye
- Loss of appetite
Tylenol with Codeine Addiction Treatment
Tylenol with Codeine addiction should be treated immediately. Whether the person addictive was taking the medication for prescribed purposes or for recreational abuse if left untreated the addiction will grow and cause serious effects on the individuals health and life, possibly resulting in premature death.
For some patients a dosage reduction can quickly ween them off Tylenol with Codeine, preventing their addiction from getting any worse. Others require a 90 day stay in a treatment facility where they will undergo medical detoxification, cognitive therapy, counseling sessions and chemical dependency education. The severity of each patients addiction will be determined by the prescribing Doctor or primary care physician who will then aid the patient in seeking help.