This is for my "friend" Alice (not her real name) and other people who know people with Migraines...
Alice, you recently said to me, "Take three extra-strength Tylenol with a cup of coffee. That will fix you right up." When I said, "Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately Tylenol doesn't touch these Migraines," your reply was, "If You Won’t Try Tylenol for That Migraine, Stop Complaining."
I was so astounded, dismayed, and aghast, that I couldn't speak. I was also hurt and, quite bluntly, offended by your statement and attitude. That's why I told you I'd talk with you later and hung up. Now that I've had some time to recover, I'm writing a response to you.
We've known each other for over 40 years, and I've had Migraines for over 50 years. That you could say what you said to someone you've called a friend for more than 40 years simply astonishes me. Have you felt that way all this time? You've seen me cowering on the high school restroom floor while I vomite...
Remember that game show called "Press Your Luck" where contestants would battle the game of chance in order to win money. Land on a "Whammy" and all that money would be gone in an instant. Many chronic pain patients also battle the game of chance by taking way too much Tylenol each day. Only this "whammy" could cost a life.
Sometimes taking these chances is by accident because Acetaminophen is in so many products with various names like NyQuil, Vicodin, Percocet , Lortab, and the list goes on and on. The problem is that the amount of Tylenol adds up with every product consumed daily. Some people still do not realize that APAP, Acetaminophen and Tylenol are all the same thing. This lingo can be deadly to those unaware. However, some people are very aware that they are taking too much Tylenol. They choose to press their luck. Some give explanations for this reckless behavior like, "I've been O.K. so far" or "My doctor checks my liver test periodically". Someday these excuses ...
Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Tylenol Sinus Congestion Pain Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). Decongestants help relieve stuffy
nose, sinus, and ear congestion symptoms. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin
pain reliever and fever reducer. Antihistamines help relieve watery eyes, itchy
eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules)
are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor
or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.
These products ...
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