Tylox Warnings and Precautions
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Tylox include the following:
- Tylox contains metabisulfite, a chemical that can cause allergic reactions in people allergic to sulfites. If you have a sulfite allergy, you should not take Tylox.
- Tylox is a narcotic medication with significant potential for abuse. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Tylox Addiction). Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with Tylox, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
- Tylox contains acetaminophen (Tylenol®). Taking too much Tylox, or taking Tylox in combination with other products that contain acetaminophen, can cause severe liver problems or even death due to Tylenol poisoning. Tylox may not be a good choice for people who already have liver disease.
- The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intracranial pressure. Tylox should be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
- Tylox can cause slow and irregular breathing. In severe situations, this may be life-threatening. This may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
- Tylox can cause a decrease in blood pressure, which can be especially dangerous if you already have low blood pressure.
- Tylox can interfere with the diagnosis of many conditions that cause severe abdominal (stomach) pain.
- Like any other narcotic, Tylox can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Tylox affects you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
- Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, epilepsy, gallbladder problems, pancreatic disease, or kidney disease, as Tylox may not be the best choice for you.
- Narcotics such as Tylox are likely to cause constipation. This side effect does not go away as you continue to take the drug. Usually, laxatives are necessary to treat and prevent constipation due to Tylox (see Tylox and Constipation).
- Tylox can potentially interact with several other medications (see Tylox Drug Interactions).
- Tylox is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Tylox and Pregnancy).
- Tylox passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Tylox and Breastfeeding).