Tylenol PM Reviews

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Tylenol PM is a combination of the two generic drugs known as acetaminophen and diphenhydramine. The former of these medicines is a fever reducer and pain reliever. The latter is an antihistamine, which works to stop histamines from being produced in the body and therefore reducing their symptoms such as runny nose and eyes, itchy nose and eyes, and other symptoms associated with hay fever and allergies.

Together, these drugs make Tylenol PM, which can be used to treat the flu, the common cold, or allergies, but that is also used as a sleep aid by eliminating nighttime pain and discomfort.

How to Take Tylenol PM

When taking Tylenol PM, it is important to follow the directions carefully. These will have been provided either by your doctor, or the information leaflet that is included within the packaging of the medication.

It should be recognized that this drug is not appropriate for children who are 4 years old or younger. For older children, a doctor should be consulted before administration, as an alteration in the dose will be necessary. It is vital that this drug not be taken in excess by either children or adults as an overdose could be fatal. Should an overdose occur, contact emergency medical assistance or a poison hotline immediately.

Preparing to Use This Product

A doctor or pharmacist should also be consulted before taking any other form of pain reliever, allergy, cold or flu medication at the same time as Tylenol PM. If you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day or intend to at the time of use of this medication, talk to your doctor before proceeding.

Though many people may benefit from the use of Tylenol PM to help them sleep, it is not meant for everyone. If you have any of the following conditions, consult your doctor before taking Tylenol PM:

  • Glaucoma
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Urination problems

Though this medication can be taken with or without food, if you find that it upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk to prevent this side effect.

Taking Tylenol PM can alter the results of allergy skin tests. Therefore, if you are having these tests performed, make sure that you inform him or her that you have taken this or any other antihistamine.

Severe Tylenol PM Side Effects

Seek emergency assistance if any of the following or other severe side effects occur:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Hallucination, confusion, unusual behaviors or thoughts
  • Uneven, rapid, or pounding heartbeat
  • Urinating more or less frequently than normal
  • Severe anxiety, nervousness, dizziness, or restlessness
  • Bleeding or bruising easily, weakness, chills, fever, aches in the body, or symptoms of flu
  • Upper stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite, itching, clay-colored stools, dark urine, jaundice.

Who Can Use This Product?

Tylenol PM is meant to be used by healthy adults who suffer from the occasional sleep struggle.  It’s not meant to provide a solution to chronic insomnia.  It is also not appropriate for use in order to help with sleeplessness caused by certain specific situations such as from severe pain or because of side effects from the use of another medication.

If you are using any other medications, it’s very important to speak with your doctor or a pharmacist before trying Tylenol PM.  The reason is that this over the counter pill can interact with both prescription and non-prescription medications as well as certain supplements.

More specifically, this product should never be used in combination with other sleep products or antihistamines or with any cold and cough medication.

How Long Can You Use Tylenol PM?

It’s also important not to continue using this product for too long.  While it is meant for the occasional sleepless night, that doesn’t mean you should use it every night over the longer term.  Using this product for too long can result in side effects and could be harmful to your health.  If your sleep struggles continue without improving for longer than two weeks, be sure to speak with your doctor.  Ideally, these pills shouldn’t be used for more than five consecutive nights.

While using this product, consider trying other natural efforts to improve your sleep if you have not already done so.  These can include steps such as:

  • Keeping up the same bedtime and waking time every day (even on weekends)
  • Avoiding eating a large amount of food immediately before bedtime
  • Shutting off device screens at least an hour before bedtime
  • Dimming the lights and taking part in calming activities for at least sixty minutes before bedtime
  • Getting some exercise during the daytime

17 comments to Tylenol PM Reviews

  • leslie

    Does anyone know if Tylenol pm makes you feel groggy the next day?

  • ty

    you should feel ok the next day but it depends on when you took the dose, and how many hrs you slept. i.e. if you took the dose super late and got up super early, well you do the math on that one.

  • emily

    Wondering if Tylenol PM is only for flu/colds or can you use it at daily at night to help with chronic joint pains?

    • ellena

      No you shouldn’t use it daily. Only if you have temporary pains where you can’t sleep. I wouldn’t take it for more then a couple weeks straight.

  • George Robson

    What happens if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep? Can I take more?

  • Todd

    I bought these hoping that it would take away my arthritis pain and help me fall asleep easier but I find I don’t notice a difference in the pain department or sleeping department. I feel like I have wasted my money as these just don’t work for me.

    • marg

      Gees I am sorry to hear that. For me it works wonders on my rheumatoid arthritis. The pain would get so bad that I cannot sleep but Tylenol pm works and it works quick. Make sure you are ready for bed when you take it, it makes you fall asleep fast!

  • James

    I find I prefer regular extra strength tylenol for pain to help me sleep then tylenol pm. The issue I have with Tylenol pm is that I feel out of it and groggy the next day. It makes it a bit tough for going about your day and getting things done. I guess if you have nothing going on the next day or are planning to stay in bed, then it’s probably fine and you might enjoy it.

    • hall8273

      I totally agree with you. I took Tylenol PM last night as I was tossing and turning and finally at 1:30 am I took it. My pain was gone and I slept like a baby but I didn’t get out of bed until nearly 11:00 am! Thank goodness I am self employed and can afford to sleep in but this cannot become habit. I need something where I can easily wake up the next day.

  • Good for short term use

    I was not able to take prescription sleeping pills while I was nursing so I opted to try Tylenol PM. I found it reduced my milk supply and I found it started losing effectiveness after about day 4. I did help me fall asleep but I would not consider this medication for long term use.

    • Lacy76

      I would not take Tylenol PM just as a sleep aid only. It’s for PAIN mainly so if you are using it only to sleep you are kind of missing the point IMO.

  • dependacies?

    I am wondering if this is habit forming at all? I have a bit of a history with getting addicted to pills, so I don’t want to get into something that is going to get me dependent.

  • TBell

    Does anyone know how this compares to simply sleep?

    • mrec

      Yes, with Tylenol PM there is a pain reliever, and with simply sleep there is just the sleep aid. If you are having sleeplessness due to pain i.e headache, muscle/body pain etc. then the Tylenol is the one to take

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