Is Tylenol PM Addictive?

Tylenol PM can be addictive and dangerous. Although this medicine is said to be non-habit forming, many do develop a psychological addiction to Tylenol PM. The medicine’s addiction may harm your mind, as well as your body.

Tylenol PM is an over-the-counter sleep aid and pain reliever containing two ingredients. This mixture of two medications, acetaminophen and diphenhydramine, is intended for short-term or occasional use, but is often abused by those who become dependent upon the pills to get a restful night of sleep. Tylenol PM should only be used if you have trouble sleeping because of pain, not as an ordinary sleeping pill.

Many people addicted to Tylenol PM take the pills before bedtime every single night and feel they can not sleep at all without it. Like many other addictive substances, your body may develop a tolerance to after prolonged use. Once your body gets accustomed to using Tylenol PM on a daily basis, you may need a higher dose to provide the same effects. Some people take much more than the recommended dose which can be quite dangerous. The chances of overdosing and experiencing severe side effects are greatly increased when the recommended dosage amounts are exceeded. Even if you only use the recommended dosage of Tylenol PM, but you take it every day for an extended period of time, you are harming your body.

Acetaminophen is known to cause liver damage and should never be taken by those with a high risk of developing liver disease, such as heavy alcohol drinkers. Never drink alcohol when using any medication containing acetaminophen because it can have a devastating effect on your liver.

Diphenhydramine is not just a sedative, but also an antihistamine that may cause dizziness, twitching, dry mouth, blurred vision, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, heart palpitations, nervousness, and irritability. Diphenhydramine should never be used by those with heart problems, glaucoma, anxiety issues, or thyroid disease.

Many addicted users of Tylenol PM report the above side effects, as well as severe depression. You may experience depression and drowsiness when awaking from a night of Tylenol PM induced sleep. You may also feel depressed and irritable during the withdrawal stages of the drug.

The maximum safe amount of Tylenol PM is 4 grams (4000 mg) per day, but you should never take more that 2 grams (2000 mg) per day and it should not be used for more than 10 days in a row. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, sweating, tremors, confusion, diarrhea, seizures, hallucinations, sedation, seizures, and heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat.

If you are addicted to Tylenol PM, don’t make excuses. It is not okay just because it is an over-the-counter medicine. You are doing real damage to your body just like those addicted to prescription or illegal drugs. You may need to slowly reduce your dose to avoid unpleasant side-effects. If you have trouble sleeping without pills, research alternatives like herbal sleep aids. Speak to your doctor if you have a severe addiction to Tylenol PM.

 

Sources:
http://www.drugs.com/mtm/tylenol-pm.html
http://www.drugs.com/MTM/diphenhydramine.html
http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Addiction/messages/36783.html

Pain Killer Opana: 5 Die After Misuse of Drug in Cocke County, Tennessee

It has just hit the market and being released, but the pain killer Opana is already being linked to five deaths after users reportedly misused of the drug.

Cocke County Tennessee is known for drugs, but now it is known for five deaths within one month from the same drug. One 28-year-old man died just three days before his daughter was born. Volunteer television, Channel 8, in East Tennessee followed the story.

According to Endo Pharmaceuticals at www.endo.com Opana is and extended-released morphine based pain killer and contains what is called oxymorphone. It is considered a Schedule II controlled substance. Like morphine, it is an opiod; and it is said to be stronger than oxycontin. This drug is only prescribed for people with constant moderate to sever pain, and is not given to post-operative patients.

A doctor is always supposed to use caution if prescribing this drug to an elderly or debilitated individual.

According to Endo Pharmasuticals people should take the medication only as prescribed and should not be taken in the following circumstances:

The drug should not be taken at all if a person has any type of respiratory depression. Respiratory depression (sever bronchial asthma, hypercarbia etc) is also the chief hazard of taking the medication.

This pain killer should never be prescribed to a patient who has had a drug addiction problem in the past and is never prescribed as an “as needed” analgesic.

A person should never drink alcohol or take any kind of medication containing alcohol while taking Opana as this could cause the drug to be released and absorbed to rapidly and cause a fatal overdose.

Opana is meant to be swallowed whole. Crushing, chewing, breaking, or dissolving the medication could also cause a release and absorption to be to rapid which can cause a fatal overdose.

This, unfortunately, is what is said to have killed the five people in Cocke County Tennessee according to http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/41334612.html.

There are three forms of the drug, Opana, Opana ER, and Opana injectible.

This drug is distributed by Endo Pharmaceuticals which specializes in medications for pain.

If you would like to find out more information about this drug go to opana.com or endo.com.

If you would like to read more about the deaths in Cocke County Tennessee go to volunteertv.com.

This drug is not to fool around with. It has already killed five people in East Tennessee and no telling how many more elsewhere. So please before taking this medication talk to your doctor or research it. Make sure to follow the label completely as directed. Never chew, crush, dissolve, or break this medication as a rapid release of a fatal dose of oxymorphone can occur.

Sources:

http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/41334612.html

http://www.endo.com/Opana.aspx

How A Good Waiting Room Can Boost Your Practice’s Revenue

There is no worse feeling than being sick and having to wait in an uncomfortable waiting room. At the very least the medical waiting room should have a television set for viewing and magazines and/or books for reading. There should also be a nice, comfortable sofa that one can rest upon while waiting. And if there is no sofa, then certainly comfortable chairs will have to do.

Although this seems like a lot, it is important for the medical business to invest in their customers. Businesses developing a quality medical floor plan design should focus much of their attention on the waiting room. Those patients who are comfortable while waiting in your waiting room, will tend to be repeat customers. And repeat customers, means that they are spending more money in your business, thereby increasing your revenue.

There is nothing better for your business than your patients telling other patients by word of mouth about how comfortable the wait for your services were. Sick patients do not want to feel as if they have been degraded even more so by a professional who is not thinking about their welfare at every step. Your patients will see your waiting room as a place that will hopefully help them feel better or at least more comfortable during their long hours of waiting.

If there is a way that water, juice or coffee can be provided, then this would help as well. Complaining patients in an uncomfortable waiting room make complaining patients in the exam room, which only tends to make the examination process go by slower. Allow your patients to feel better once they have entered your exam room, because the waiting room was so comfortable.

And while these things mentioned above are important, you should have also have pleasant and knowledgeable staff attending to your patients while they are in the waiting room. A pleasant experience in the waiting room, could lead to a pleasant experience in the examination room.

More satisfied patients coming in and going out, leads to more profit for your medical business. Make sure and have the basic necessities for making your patients feel special. They will be appreciative to you and your staff and will spread the word like wildfire that your medical office is one of the best in town when waiting for a doctor to give his services to the patient.

You will notice more patients and your profits for your medical business starting to rise. Also make sure that the patients questions are being answered by your staff. Make sure that your staff checks on patients that seem to have been in the waiting room too long. With a nice television set, magazines and/or books to read, a comfortable couch and chairs, something to drink like water, juice or coffee and professional and friendly staff answering your patients questions and concerns, you will get off to a great start with each of your patients, even before you have had a chance to exam them. Your patients will truly be able to compliment you on how your great waiting room made them feel more comfortable during a time when they came in feeling miserable.