I have been taking tylenol 3 for osteoarthritis and my primary dr. Told me, I can take no more then 3 pills a day. And my mother says that s two many and it is becoming habitual. Do you think this is the case. Iam worried about taking to much tylenol 3.
If your Dr told you that you can take 3 pills per day then you can take 3 pills per day. If you take an opioid medication like Tylenol #3 (which has the opiate codeine in it) on a daily basis for a while, your body may become dependent upon it, meaning that when you stop taking it cold turkey, you will get unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like increased muscle pain and spasms, nausea, hot and cold flashes, sweating, diarrhea, yawning etc. but this doesnt mean you are addicted. Addiction happens when you lose control over how much medication you take (like taking six or eight, or more, tabs per day-if they are there you will take them with no regard to your Drs recommendations), or taking the pills in spite of harm (for example, if you have been told you have liver disease and have been told to stop taking Tylenol but you keep taking Tylenol #3 anyway because you cant stop) or you are craving the effects of the medications. Addiction is a behavior problem. Addiction is very different from dependence. Everyone who takes opioids long term will become dependent and have withdrawals when they suddenly stop a medication like this. Not everyone becomes addicted, however. Having withdrawals doesnt mean you are addicted. Taking medications daily doesnt mean you are addicted.
I would do what your Doctor told you to do. Tylenol 3 has codeine in it and codeine can be habbit forming, but if you are careful and you are not abuseing it, (in other words, if you are not taking it to get high, or because you like the way that it makes you feel), but you are taking it as directed , you should be ok. Take it from me, I am a recovering addict, and it doesn't sound like you are abusing your medicine so just do what your doctor is telling you to do. 3 Tylenol #3's a day is not that much.
Good luck to you!!
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