What You Should Know About Tylenol Allergy

The term Tylenol allergy is in fact a two edged sword. The popular medication is widely used for the treatment of many minor ailments, inducing relief from pain, clearing up of congestion, treating upper respiratory infections, as well as obtaining relief from allergic reactions. The other side of the coin is that some are allergic to Tylenol itself. Those who use Tylenol for treatment of allergies far outnumber those who need to avoid the medication. Tylenol is a safe medication, but almost all medications have potential side effects, and Tylenol is no exception.

If you have a Tylenol allergy, the reaction may range from barely noticeable to mild to severe. Usually one is unaware of a medication's potential for being an allergen unless they try it first. It's always advisable to read the precautionary labels or inserts before taking a medication for the first time, or simply check with your doctor, who might know whether the medication is safe to take based upon your current medical situation. Tell your doctor or your pharmacist if you are currently on any medications, or taking herbal supplements, as Tylenol could react with one of these, resulting in an allergic reaction.

A Caution - Tylenol is usually taken to provide relief from short term conditions, including allergies. A good rule of thumb would be to check first before using Tylenol if you have a chronic condition, be it an allergy, cardiovascular or digestive system problems, kidney problems, or urinary tract problems. When one has chronic problems such as these, any allergic reaction to Tylenol, no matter how slight, could be significantly magnified and potentially create a problem.

Reacting With Other Medicines - Some medications, such as beta-blockers can increase the risk of incurring Tylenol allergy side effects, and conversely, using Tylenol may increase side effects from other medications such as romocriptine or phenytoin, or decrease the effectiveness of other medications such as guanadrel, guanethidine, and mecamylamine. Sometimes, another medication may have one or more of the same ingredients as Tylenol, acetaminophen, or phenylephrine for example. Taking Tylenol may then be giving you a double dose of a specific medication, which may or may not be desirable. Alcohol, especially if one has more than 3 drinks a day, can be a cause of undesirable side effects, if Tylenol is being taken to treat a particular condition at the same time. Children and the elderly are generally more sensitive to Tylenol allergy than is the general population.

Possible Allergic (And Other) Reactions - If you do have an allergic reaction to Tylenol, it is most apt to manifest itself as an upset stomach, headache, nervousness or excitability, diarrhea, or a general feeling of weakness. More severe allergic reactions would include rapid or irregular heartbeat, persistent nervousness or excitability, breathing difficulty, skin rash or itching, and perhaps swelling about the mouth or the tongue. If a Tylenol reaction seems to be particularly severe, seek medical attention immediately. This is good practice, no matter what medication may be causing an allergic reaction.

Read, Then Heed - Most of the problems people are apt to run into when taking Tylenol are not Tylenol allergy problems so much, but simply the fact that they take to many pills or too high a dosage. When it comes to medications, too much of anything is apt to have bad side effects, no matter how effective the medication may be in treating what ails you. When taking Tylenol, or any non-prescription medication for the first time, read the label and the instructions. If you see nothing in the information provided with the product to suggest you shouldn't use it, proceed, but take no more than the recommended dosage.




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