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Comment from: Edweerdo, 65-74 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: January 05

releived all pain during first three weeks,then seemed to only dull the pain....bad side effect for me...loss of appetite....was taking two tblts every two hrs

Comment from: CritterChuckles, 45-54 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: February 26

Pain doc gave me T3 in place of Ultram/Tramadol since my primary doc had given me Cymbalta for arthritis pain. Apparently there's an issue with taking Cymbalta w/Tramadol since both work on Seratonin. So I've been taking this T3 for 4 days now and I've had no pain relief, only severe stomach pains & drowsiness with total lack of motivation. I'll keep taking it to see if things improve once it gets in my system but so far I'm not impressed with using it for chronic joint pain. I have multiple bulging & torn discs + Osteoarthritis damage in entire spine, hips & hands, so my daily activities depend on my pain level and whether or not I can bend over without screaming. I do remember years ago T3 helped quite a bit with menstrual cramps but for me it has not yet helped with the mechanical pains associated with spinal & joint issues.

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Comment from: 19-24 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 21

I just had 2 bone spurs shaved down, one on my bottom gum and one on my top gum in my mouth.. I have no bottom teeth at all and i only have 11 on top.... Throughout all of the teeth removing surgries i was on the 500mg vicodin which seemed to work ok and halfway decent. But with this surgery i was put on the tylenol 3 with codedine.. And all it does it dull it slightly but i've noticed it has made my knees hurt/achy and my whole leg hurt Which i dont understand But it could be working a little better on me. But at least it's dulling the pain in my mouth to where I can bear it. So i'm half and half with this medication. The time on medication is less than one month because i just had the surgery done going on 2 days ago.

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Comment from: Milo, 45-54 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: July 25

I was given a short course of Tylenol #3 with Codeine for pain following a dental procedure. It helped, but was not as helpful as Vicodin. I would say this drug would be good for less acute/severe pain, while Vicodin would be better for stronger pain control.

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Comment from: prtfvr, 45-54 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: October 08

Tried taking it for osteoarthritis of the knee. The only effect that it had on me was to make me cranky which I didn't need since I was in pain and already cranky enough. To be fair, I'm used to taking oxycodone occasionally for back pain so I'm guessing that this wouldn't have worked for me anyhow. They tell me this stuff's addictive, I just don't get it. It doesn't make me high and it doesn't work. Why would I get addicted to it? I have the same experience with oxycodone as relates to not getting high. Those drugs just don't affect me that way. I'd be happy if they worked at all!

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Comment from: blahblah, 35-44 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: March 02

When taking this medication, at first I am ok, but about an hour or so after taking this, I have severe stomach pains, I will be hunched over in the fetal position screaming in pain. I don't know what is causing this, but when I went to the dr about it all I got was "The pains CANT be from the medication". Maybe I am just going to the wrong dr or something. Anyone have any help for me

Comment from: [email protected], 25-34 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: December 04

i was given this medication for severe back pain on 12/04/08 i have back sergery 5 years ago on L5-S1 after my sergery i was fine acually 100% better. up until now i was getting x-mas boxes from the basement and i heard my back pop when i lifted up a heavy box wich probably weights more than me!!(not really but it weighted i say almost 60 pounds)and im only 115 pounds anyway i hurt my back once again at L5-S1 with pain going down my left leg. so insted of giving me pecocets or oxycodone wich ive been on before for severe pain and they worked well for me, my doctor decides to put me on tylenol#3 with codeine wich ive never taken codeine before well i had really severe side effects nasua,vomiting,rash,sweeting badly ,blured vision. i would suggest that if you have never been on tylenol#3 with codeine please be careful it made me very ill.but also i dident get the chance to see if it would help me with my pain, but id rather be in pain then having to take this medication again,..i will stick with percocets or oxycodone wich i do know helps with my severe pain, and dosent make me sick(lol)but to the people that this medication does help thats great. i do hope it continues to help people with severe of luck to all people who have to deal with pain..because i know pain for me is unbearable with out medication,so find the best medication that fits your pain,once again best of luck to the people who take this medication and im sincerly glad that it does help people with pain!!!!

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Comment from: ozkiller, 19-24 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: February 10

My doctor gave me this to try for my neck pain instead of Flexeril because those were too sedating. The T3's did relieve my neck pain but I found myself feeling depressed (I don't have depression) and very agitated. Based on the way these effected me psychiatrically, I won't be taking them again.

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Comment from: dempsy, 25-34 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 06

I had a molar surgically removed. I had never taken T3's before, so I started with one. It didn't do much for the pain, so I took another. After waiting five hours for it to kick in I was in excruciating pain, so I took two more. This time the pain went away and I felt a lot better. I felt the pain relief was good when it finally kicked in, but it didn't seem to last very long. The dentist sait to take 1-2 pills every 4 hours, but I found the pain relief only lasted for an hour or two. This morning I was really dizzy and started dry heaving. I had waves of heat come through my body, and I almost fainted. I'm not sure if it was the T3's, but when you look up symptoms, a lot of sites say dizziness and stomach upset are common.

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Comment from: aless, 55-64 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: October 24

I have degenerative disc disease and have had 2 spinal fusions and many other procedures. I have 3 slipped discs and 2 ruptured dics in my cervical spine. I take 4pilss/dayand am very comfortable. I have been taking this for 4 years with no side effects.

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Comment from: 25-34 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 30

I have found the drug to only dull the pain a little bit and also make me constipated. I can take without food but found that it gave me a stomach ache and made me FEEL like i had to go to the bathroom, though i couldn't. I would only recommend this drug to people with minor pains and maybe take a stool softener with it, especially if you have problems going in the first place.

Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: April 27

This was prescribed for chronic back pain. I took 1 and it did nothing for me. Then I took 2 and it didn't do anything but make me sleepy. I would not recommend this for chronic pain relief.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 16

im taking this for a tooth ache and i might as well be eating m&m's. doctor told me to take one, didnt work. so i tried two, still dosnt work. today im going to ask him for something stronger. these just dont work.

Comment from: Jennifer, 35-44 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: October 05

I was prescribed this when I went to CareNow for stitches after cutting my hand open. I've been in constant pain for two days now. I have chronic migraines with nearly constant neck pain so pain is nothing new to me. I expected that the pain medicine I was prescribed would alleviate the pain in my hand at least. This Tylenol 3 is a joke. I even went back for a check up and was prescribed Naproxen in addition to Tylenol 3 as an anti-inflammatory in the hope that the pain would subside. I'm not sure what type of pain this is supposed to address but it doesn't work on neck pain, headaches, migraines or hand pain. I've been on this medicine for three days and the first night I woke myself up moaning every two hours from the pain.

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Comment from: Bruce, 35-44 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 17

Was given it for appendectomy. I found it to be mildly effective although it didn't last very long. I actually was better at constipating (and this medicine is well known for that.) Even the follow up nurse said, "Oh... all our team gave you was that for the pain? We could've done better".

Comment from: Hilda, 55-64 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: March 31

Easy to use but I need to take laxative with it. It makes me extremely constipated. Sometimes I think this adds to the back pain I'm trying to ease!


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Comment from: anonymous, 13-18 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: November 15

although it is very effective in relieving the pain, I would suggest not taking it during the day. I get ridiculously tired and honestly can not function. All I want to do is sleep. I take it at night to relieve the pain when it gets cold as well for a good night sleep.

Comment from: Unidentified female, 19-24 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: October 01

I use this for back pain. It does great but I have to take one and then one moe about three hours later. I am spouse to take one to two pills every 4 hours for pain.

Comment from: Biosbiz, 45-54 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: November 09

Totall pain relief is definitely addictive. I use T3 for constant neck spasms and arthritis so my pain fades into the background. Too much relief and you forget to be cautious, and risk overdoing it. I use my T3 with Soma and some type of carbohydrate to activate it. My muscles relax and I can get through the spasming. Write down how much you take in case your thinking gets foggy; don't overdose with acetaminophen! To judge my "addiction", I make sure I'm active and going to the gym a minimum of 3 days a week. It can make you sleepy, so keep the dose as low as you can during the day, and take your bigger dose after you are home for the evening. If you can't get off the couch to function, that's a good warning sign of taking too much. Watch your bowel movements. It relaxes all your muscles - including intestines, which can cause you to get constipated. I take aloe vera capsules and extra fiber to help.

Related Reading: arthritis | soma | acetaminophen

Comment from: blahblahblah, 25-34 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: October 13

Take Tylenol 3 for chronic back pain. Was on Hydrocodone but since it was moved to Schedule 2 my doctor stopped prescribing. Tylenol 3 is no where close to Hydrocodone. It makes me very sleepy even with my Adderall.

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Comment from: (Patient) Published: May 10

I have IIH and had been on Norco 10mg/325 for almost 2 months every four hours. It had lost effectiveness so mysurgeon called and discussed options. Seeing as how the stronger pain meds seem to have horrid side effects I wanted to stay away from them as much as possible. So we started this medicine. Well sorry to say it did nothing...not even an ounce of relief. So I guess I will try something stronger and hope for the best.

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Comment from: buffalorose, 65-74 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: September 29

I was prescribed this drug for a chronic condition ("Runner's Knees"), and I take a half tablet when I have swelling and pain. I have only ever needed one a day (in 2 halves usually), have no side effects at all and find that it does wonders! I have been taking it for about a year, occasionally don't need any at all and have never felt the need to take more than one tablet a day. No other problems, so I guess I'm the lucky one!

Comment from: 19-24 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: November 26

The medication had no positive affect on me. Did nothing for the pain, and only caused me to be very tired and groggy.

Comment from: Hook, 65-74 Female on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: May 31

I have been using this drug for almost 25 years now. I only use it when my arthritis gets to almost the point of unbearable. it works very well and usually only use two or three doses spaced 10 hours apart then might not need it for several weeks.

Comment from: i'm leery, on Treatment for less than 1 month Published: June 04

Four days of 2 tabs/daily put my 86-year-old mother in the hospital for a week with delirium. Not sure of her pain; she is too confused to be able to tell us. Warnings should include this chance in elderly patients. Prescribed by an urgent care physician who should have known better.


Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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