Monday, April 27, 2009 irish, Community Member, asks

Q: i have a pill that says TEC 3 ON IT IS IT A TYLENOL 3

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
4/27/09 11:52pm

It's similar to a Tylenol 3.  It's a combination of codeine, acetaminophin and caffeine and is manufactured in Canada. 

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MIKEY, Community Member
11/26/12 8:35pm

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.

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
11/27/12 1:37am

Hi 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

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Mikey e g, Community Member
11/27/12 2:52am

Karen Lee Richards thank you so much you just helped me a lot i was gonna stop taking them but that hurt to much, however i will affirm your advive to be 100% true because i just got off the phone toll free with tele health ontario and everything you said is exactly as they said too, So therefore i will heed all your advice and i will also keep drinking lots of water for the for fear of well you know constipation.     Thanks again you are an Angel thanks and god bless you.      Your most thoughtful Mikey G....Laughing

 

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By irish, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/04/14, First Published: 04/27/09