I have a perscription for tylenol 3 but have no idea what the breakdown is in mg. I have taken Vicodin or Norco and know that the 5/325 means 5 mg hydrocodone and 325 mg tylenol. But the tylenol 3- I have no idea what the breakdown is... If someone could let me know please, thank you.
How much tylenol and codeine is in tylenol 3?
Question posted by PurpleButterfies on 13 Sep 2012
Last updated on 31 January 2021
#1 answer is correct, I would like to add a statement about the second or third answer involving aspirin be very careful taking aspirin my stepdad was told Years Ago by a doctor to take aspirin everyday is a blood thinner after you start having heart problems but either the doctor misled him or he misunderstood the doctor either way he took two adult aspirin every day for the last 20 years of his life until it destroyed his kidneys turn into cancer metastasize to his bones and spread throughout his body eventually succumbing to cancer people should take no more then one baby aspirin per day if not every other or 3 days aspirin is a blood thinner as very hard on your kidneys be very careful
kaismama's answer is correct. I called my pharmacist and got the amounts: 300 mg of acetaminophen and 30 mg of codeine.
Earlier answers and comments about 300 mg being a lot are mistaken. The recommended dosage of Tylenol is two regular strength tablets at 325 mg each or 650 mg total. Extra strength tablets are 500 mg, and a dose of two would be 1000 mg.
According to Harvard Health, the maximum safe limit for Tylenol 4000 mg/day. However, they stress to only take this much if needed, and to stop taking it as soon as possible, They also mention that smaller men and women, and especially children 12 to 18 should limit themselves to no more than 3000 mg/day. Also space them out: for regular strength, take two first thing in the morning, at lunchtime, at dinner and at bedtime; for extra strength, take two first thing in the morning, two around mid-afternoon and two at bedtime. And if you miss a dose DO NOT DOUBLE UP.
The reason it is in many other medications could be because it is also a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which means it reduces swelling, as well as a fever reducer. So you will find it in both arthritis and cold/flu medications. Other medications with these same properties are aspirin, ibuprofen (e.g., Motrin) and naproxen (e.g., Aleve). However, acetaminophen is often chosen to combine with other drugs because it is less likely to upset the stomach, and most others are not recommended for people who suffer from stomach issues like ulcers, because the others, especially aspirin, are more likely to cause bleeding.
Overdoses can cause liver damage or failure, requiring a transplant or causing death. These often happen unintentionally because people don't read product labels, like for cold medicines, where it is present to reduce fever, and they take Tylenol (or a generic) along with the cold medicine, effectively doubling the dose.
BTW - Fiorinal can contain acetaminophen or aspirin, in combination with Butalbital, a barbiturate (which causes muscles to relax) and also caffeine, a stimulant. Butalbital or other barbiturates often help with stress headaches, whereas caffeine has been shown to be helpful to some migraine sufferers.
You should not drink alcohol while taking acetaminophen, or limit it to one drink, beer or glass of wine. The combination doubles the stress on the liver to break them down and eliminate them from the body. Heavy drinkers should quit drinking while using acetaminophen. The unintentional overdoses could happen with lower doses of acetaminophen in combination with alcohol.
My mother, 87 years old, has been taking Tylenol three for about 40 years. For myself, acetaminophen does nothing. When they change the Excedrin formula and added acetaminophen I get pretty perturbed. I have to add regular aspirin when I take the Excedrin now. My mother takes her Tylenol 3 four times a day. Acetaminophen is in everything but when it doesn’t work for you, what do you do? Well I asked my doctor last week for Fiorinal with codeine. I said make sure it’s not the one with acetaminophen. And if you take acetaminophen don’t drink. Because I know someone young who did that and she died. Liver. Be careful out there. And be your own advocate
I realize this was posted 3+ years ago, but there needs to be another voice here. Tylenol by itself, look at taking 2 extra strength Tylenols, twice a day, not too much damage there, in fact probably not much if a lot of water is consumed.
Tylenol #3, 5/day, 30+ years and my liver is functioning as if I was 10.
This drug, WITH Codeine, should not be confused with Oxycodone/Fentynol type. Ask your pharmacist. I was prescribed these 30+ years ago, with Valium and Fioricet, by a physician who spread out the chemical formulas in front of him perused them and decided - for me and my broken back, for which there was no surgical solution - these would be fine.
They have kept me alive.
People who take these meds, as long as the blood tests are done, and the doctor actually talks to them (mine no longer does - E-Mail only) to make sure they aren't over-using them, and they are functioning on all other levels ok, well then ...
I'm sorry that people who ask questions like this, listen to OTHER PEOPLE who only know what they know from the media and scare mongers, or what the read on the ALL KNOWING internet - they screw it up for people like me.
People are going to have bad reactions to ANY medication, realize it, deal with it, and get something else; a friend I know can't take anti-biotics, well I guess that means they're dangerous as hell eh?
Rant not finished but done.
There is 30 mg of codiene and 300 of tylenol in each tab.
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