Tylenol Arthritis 625 Or Percocet,

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Asked by Kathy

Tylenol Arthritis 625 Or Percocet,

I want to know which I should stop taking.I need to know which is better to take, Tylenol Arthritis 625 or percocet, I take them both for pain, but want to cut one of them because of the scare of acetaminophen.

Answer

You really should talk with your doctor about any medication changes you want to make. I can't tell you what to do, but I can give you some information that may help you decide what you'd like to do and and make you more knowledgeable when you talk to your doctor.

Tylenol Arthritis 625 is simply 625 mg of acetaminophen. Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. The oxycodone is an opioid (narcotic) pain reliever. The purpose of the acetaminophen in Percocet is to boost the effectiveness of the oxycodone. Depending on what dosage of Percocet you have, the acetaminophen in it could be anywhere from 325 - 650 mg. Only you and your doctor can decide which is most appropriate for you. Percocet is definitely the stronger of the two.

If you've been taking Percocet regularly for awhile, you definitely need to talk with your doctor before discontinuing it because stopping abruptly will cause you to have withdrawal symptoms. It usually best to gradually reduce the dosage and stop taking it over an extended period of time.

You're wise to reduce your intake of acetaminophen. Under the new recommendations, you should not be getting any more than 650 mg in a single dose and not more than 2,600 mg in a 24-hr period.

Answered by Karen Lee Richards