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Can Tylenol cause lethargy and dizziness?

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Posted on Sat, 15 Apr 2017
Question: I took 2 "Tylenol Arthritis" (650mg) last night for muscle & joint sorrness after a 10k run. I also drank my usual half glas of wine with dinner. --Within an hour I experience sudden and very intense lethargy & dizziness for 8 hrs. It felt like I'd taken a heavy sedative. Was VERY scary.

--Possible reasons / implication for this reaction? I HAVE taken Tylenol "extra strength" before (as much as 3 pills of 500mg each) with no ill effects of ANY kind

Please note existing conditions:
-- I am a diabtic with excellent blood glocose controll (A1C = 5.6) and I have had gastric bypass surgury (Reux-n-Y) 5 years ago. I exercise regularly and have a BMI under 22.
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Answered by Dr. Mirjeta Guni (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Acetaminophen and alcohool interaction:

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have gone carefully through your concern.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol arthritis) may cause tiredness, weakness and dizziness as a side effect. After a long run and combined with alcohool, these side effects are attenuated.
In general, patients should avoid drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen-containing medications because there may be an interaction between them manifested with the symptoms you described.
It is a transitory situation but should not be repeated.
So, i would recommend not to take acetaminophen together with ethanol containing drinks.
Hope the information will help.
Kind regards,
Dr.Mirjeta
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Follow up: Dr. Mirjeta Guni (16 minutes later)
As a gastric bypass surgury patient, It is commonlyrecommended I do not take NSAIDs for inflammation. (apparently and sides can promote ulcers, especially for gastric surgical patients) Can you recommend any anti-inflammatory options for me, for typical exercise related aches and pains... other than Tylenol?
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Answered by Dr. Mirjeta Guni (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Try to get more rarely analgesics:

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back!
Tylenol is the most recommended analgesic in gastric surgical patients.
But if you do exercise regularly, it is not recommended to take analgesics every time you do physical activity.
If you can not support the pain caused by physical activity, it would be better to exercise less.
Anyway, If there will be the need to take analgesics, you should not drink alcohol that day.
Regards,
Dr.Mirjeta
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Brief Answer: Acetaminophen and alcohool interaction: Detailed Answer: Hello, I have gone carefully through your concern. Acetaminophen (Tylenol arthritis) may cause tiredness, weakness and dizziness as a side effect. After a long run and combined with alcohool, these side effects are attenuated. In general, patients should avoid drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen-containing medications because there may be an interaction between them manifested with the symptoms you described. It is a transitory situation but should not be repeated. So, i would recommend not to take acetaminophen together with ethanol containing drinks. Hope the information will help. Kind regards, Dr.Mirjeta