Heh, no. Don't combine them. And don't drink any booze with Tylenol. Ever. Unless you like liver failure and death.
They might not work on the same liver enzymes, but they'll fuck up your stomach.
I'll never take Tylenol, unless it's with codiene for a real issue.
Ibuprofen is much, much better for muscle pain. When I was re-learning how to skateboard vert skateparks, I'd often take a few tablets of Advil/Ibuprofen before skating, along with stretching and getting enough water. It works marvelously.
Plus you can take it with beer, and beer while or after skateboarding is practically required.
Just in case anyone thinks that loquacious is exagerating, it is very easy to OD on acetaminophin. A surprising number of people every year die from acetaminophin poisoning. Reported lethal dosages for healthy adults start somewhere in the 14,000mg within 24 hours range. One tablet is 500mg and the recommended dosage is two tablets every six hours. So what you normally are taking is 1,000mg right there. It destroys your liver which means unless you're going to get a translant, you'll die painfully.
But all drugs have side-effects and risks. Taken as directed, acetaminophin is a very safe drug.
You can combine acetaminophin with an nsaid (non-steroidal antimmflamatory drug), for example Exedrin Migraine is acetaminophin, aspirin, and caffeine. Nsaids are aspirin, ibuprofen, there's another OTC I can't remember. You should not take nsaids with another nsaid. Nsaid's primary side-effects involve the stomach and the rest of the GI tract. Aspirin has an anticoagulant side-effect (which may be a good thing for preventing strokes--thus the one aspirin a day thing), ibuprofen doesn't (IIRC).
Nsaid's are especially good for joint and muscle pain, it's probably more effective to take Tylenol for other kinds of pain. Yours is muscle pain, so an nsaid would be good and probably ibuprofen would have been best, if you'd been able to take it.
Water aerobics kick ass (and other body parts). I used to teach classes. Guys would routinely come by to laugh at the wimpy women in the pool. Then they'd try it, and it would bring them to their knees ;)
Well ok I worked them extra hard, but they deserved it.
If you could find someone to give you a nice rubdown, that would really help.
Oh and a hot bath and some peppermint tea - really. I'm going to just say here that I'm a huge advocate of not taking drugs for things like this, but of course, it's your choice. The hot bath will ease the pain, and the peppermint tea will calm your stomach. If you don't have peppermint, use ginger.
So - a massage, a hot bath (not a shower), and tea. If you have fresh or powdered ginger, add a small handful to the bath water.
I have to take large continuous amounts of NSAIDs for arthritis. My doctor advised rotating asperin, ibuprofen and acetominephen to minimize the potential bad effects -- i.e. ibuprofen in the morning, asperin at noon and acetominiphen at night. Now I take prescription naproxin (cheaper than OTC) and it doesn't seem to have a downside.
Vioxx worked much better than any of them until it gave me a mild heart attack last year.
"I have to take large continuous amounts of NSAIDs for arthritis."
Tell me about it. It's a drag, huh?
I had been taking Celebrex for the last few years, but it was helping me less and less and, also, I was concerned about any problems it might have. So we switched to indomethacin, which is an older but strong nsaid. Vioxx worked pretty well for me--better than Celebrex--but I had some stomach problems with it. Indomethacin is supposed to be very hard on your stomach, but so far I've had no problems. My grandmother and my dad, both also have the disease I have, weren't able to tolerate indomethacin. Vioxx worked well for my sister and it's been the only thing she's been able to tolerate. So the Vioxx thing was a problem for her, but in the end she realized that heart problems like yours were a serious problem with Vioxx. But this year she had her second hip replaced, and it's done wonders. I'm amazed at what she can do. She had her first hip replaced at 28, this second one at 30.
When I don't have anything else available, I'll take around 2800mg of ibuprofen every six hours or so. Which isn't good.
But what's working pretty well is that this year we added an opiate to my regime, which I take regularly. Which isn't good in a variety of ways, but I can walk around the house and stuff. I just need to get my hips replaced like my sister and father have.
Jeez I think of jon's kidney problems at 35, and it makes me hope all you folks are older than me because you're scaring me if you're younger. Actually, you're scaring me if you're not-too-much-older too. You're just scaring me! STOP IT!
Maybe. A lot of it has to do with what you eat. Most of it has to do with what you eat. I used to have arthritis (it started when I was a teenager) and asthma and a bunch of other stuff, until I realized that the white devils (flour and sugar) were killing me. I stopped eating them, and I honestly feel 15 years old again, and don't take any medications for anything. All the stuff I had wrong with me just sort of...went away.
And I spoke to my rheumatologist and my lung specialist and all of the other docs I was seeing, and they all told me that there was nothing I could do about my a + a, and to just suck up and take the medicine. Why did I have it? They didn't know and they didn't care...just keep taking the medicine, honey.
I can't stand doctors. (western medicine) But that's another post.
Yeah, my health improved dramatically around 25 when I quit putting tabasco AND red pepper AND jalapenos on nearly everything I ate. I had an experience with a fiber optic camera down my throat and me not being fully sedated I'd don't think I'd care to repeat.