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Can I take hydrocodone 7.5 along with one tylenol pm?

Asked by sweetdreams (38points) December 27th, 2008

I really need to sleep. I got maybe 4 hrs last night and the night before. I drink a cup of warm milk and take 2 tylenol pms at about 9pm and I get sleepy, but as soon as I get into bed around 11pm I can’t sleep. I am up every 2–1/2 hours. Help!

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Before taking any other pain killer you should check to see if it contains acetaminophen Vicodin, for example, contains acetaminophen so you should not take that with Tylenol.

If you can’t sleep due to pain you should talk to your doctor about a pain management routine that works for you.

sweetdreams's avatar

I went to and it states: "Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.The combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain."
I don’t have pain I just can’t sleep.

Lightlyseared's avatar

OK Tylenol won’t help you sleep. At all. It won’t even make you drousy. That’s one if the nice things about it.

Taking hydrocodone (or any opioid) just to make you sleep is not a good idea. There are safer more effective drugs that you could use for that.

jessturtle23's avatar

I would take two hydrocodones and call it a night. That will put you out. I am a pill head so I know these things:) You have to eat a big meal though or you will throw up. If you don’t want the buzz and just want to sleep then eat three tylenol PMs. Also, when you take sleeping pills you have to take them and then try to go right to bed or they wear off. I take excedrin PM every night and go to bed 45 minutes later or I miss my sleep window and will be up all night.

nikipedia's avatar

Dude, these are not sleeping pills.

Do you know what’s keeping you up?

If not—try chamomile, regular exercise, cutting out caffeine, benadryl, or melatonin…

Lightlyseared's avatar

Three Tylenol at the same time is not clever and will not make you sleep.

Lightlyseared's avatar

OK so I’ve worked out that Tylenol PM have an antihistamine in them to make you sleep but still 1.5g of acetaminohen in one go should be avoided.

sweetdreams's avatar

I want to thank you all for the advice. I have just taken one hydrocodone (with milk)and if I don’t get to sleep by 1am I will take one walmart brand acetaminophen. It has 500mg of acetaminophen and 25 mg of diphenhydramine which is the sleep agent. Diphenhydramine is found in most antihistimines except for the non drowsy kind.
To answer nikipedia-stress of possible foreclosure, not having a full time job, etc is what is keeping me up most nights. I have tried chamomille tea, herbal teas, warm milk, relaxation techniques-nothing helps.

shilolo's avatar

You really are better off sticking to one drug. Diphenhydramine 50 mg (Benadryl) should do the trick. Take it, then wind down with TV or a book, and about 15–30 minutes later you should be asleep. Mixing agents has the potential to cause greater harm than good.

sweetdreams's avatar

to shilolo: I know, but I’m desperate. No health insurance so I can’t get Ambien. I don’t think I will need the diphenhydramine tonight. The hydrocodone hasn’t even phased me yet and its been over an hour & a half since I took it. I’m watching a very boring movie on TV (which is why I’m back on the computer) Thank god I don’t have to work tomorrow. I will try to sleep later than 7am if I can tomorrow. If not, I’ll just take a short nap in the afternoon. Wish I was like my husband, he falls asleep in seconds sometimes.

shilolo's avatar

@sweetdreams. I hear what you are saying, but, anti-histamines are far more potent than opioids (hydrocodone) in inducing sleep. I would also suggest getting some exercise during the day (but not too late in the afternoon). Getting yourself physically tired will help your mind rest. Good luck.

SpTaAiYd's avatar

i promise you will be just fine. I’m positive.

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