People may become addicted to this medication. In fact, Tylox and other similar oxycodone/APAP medications are commonly abused drugs. They are readily available and relatively inexpensive, especially in generic form. People often prefer to abuse prescription medications like Tylox instead of illegal street drugs for perceived safety reasons. Because it is a highly desired drug of abuse, people often obtain it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. People who abuse Tylox and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
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General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- The medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually every six hours as needed for pain.
- Tylox is either taken "as needed" or on a scheduled basis. "As needed" means you will only take a dose if you are experiencing pain (if you are not in pain, you will skip the dose), while "scheduled use" means you should take it on schedule, even if you are not in pain. Most healthcare providers prescribe it on an "as needed" basis, rather than a scheduled basis.
- It is best to take this medication with food, as this may help reduce stomach upset.
- Be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose, as this could lead to overdose symptoms or poisoning from the acetaminophen component, which can cause liver failure.
- You may want to consider taking a laxative along with this medication (especially if you will take it regularly for more than a few days), as it often causes constipation (see Tylox and Constipation).
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently than prescribed without your healthcare provider's approval. If you have been taking Tylox for more than a few weeks, do not stop taking it suddenly without your healthcare provider's supervision (see Tylox Withdrawal).