I have a pill that says TEC3 on it, and I'm wondering if it's one of my old Tylenol 3s. Is there a way that I can identify it by its markings?
It's similar to a Tylenol 3. It's a combination of codeine, acetaminophin and caffeine and is manufactured in Canada. You can search for pill identification sites online, and, of course, it's always a good idea to call your pharmacist if you have a question like this because they can often help you out more quickly than the internet.
IS THIS ELPADDICTIVE I TAKE 1 PILL 3 TIMES A DAY FOR BACK INJURY ,LOWER AND C6 C7 ,BUT IT SHURE NUMBS THE PAIN IM ALSO TAKING BACLOFEN 10MG IT MAKES ME SO TIRED BUT THE TEC 3 WORK BETTER AND DONT MAKE DROWSEY IS 3 PILLS TEC3 A DAY TO MANY TO TAKE PLEASE RESPOND I NEED ADVICE ON THIS OR WILL 3 A DAY MAKE ME AN ADDIDCT PLEASE HELP....... YOUR FRIEND MIKEY.
This medication does have codeine in it, which is an opioid (aka narcotic) medication. While codeine – like any opioid – can be addictive, most people who take it as prescribed by their doctor don't develop an addiction unless they already have a history of problems with addiction.
What you need to be aware of, though, is that addiction is often confused with dependence. Anyone who takes an opioid medication regularly over a period of time will most likely become physically dependent on it. All that means is that if you stop taking the medication suddenly, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. When discontinuing opioid medications, it is important to taper off of them gradually and under a doctor's guidance to avoid or minimize any withdrawal symptoms.
I would encourage you to read Opioids: Addiction vs. Dependence for a more complete explanation of the difference between the two and how you can tell if addiction is becoming a problem. – Karen