New use for Tylenol? - page 2

Occasionally I have run across old ladies that say they use Tylenol to help them sleep (not Tylenol P.M., mind you -- the regular stuff). I would always blow it off, thinking that it was all in... Read More

  1. by   nursedawn67
    I knew someone that said tylenol ES would make them sleepy.
  2. by   meownsmile
    I have gotten up after tossing and turning for a hour or so and taken a couple Xtra strength tylenol. I doubt that it is really any sleep enhancing properties, but it does relieve whatever it is that keeps you from relaxing enough to get to sleep. Aches, unidentifiable pains, whatever.
  3. by   bellehill
    SmilingBluEyes-

    I agree, I took a Tylenol at work a couple of times and it made me so drowsy. I have no idea why or how but that is the only thing that could have done it. I stick with ibuprofen now!
  4. by   live4today
    Yes, Tylenol 1000 mgs at bedtime works for this ol' lady! Yessiree! My slumber is sweet after taking me Tylenol. Don't know why it works for me, but it does, and I'm ever soooooooo glad it does.
  5. by   jevans
    Sorry for my ignorance

    What is Tylenol is it the same as paracetamol?

    Obviously heard of it on TV and Film but never got round to finding out

    j:kiss
  6. by   live4today
    Originally posted by jevans
    Sorry for my ignorance

    What is Tylenol is it the same as paracetamol?

    Obviously heard of it on TV and Film but never got round to finding out

    j:kiss
    Tylenol is the brand name for the generic acetaminophen - a pain reliever and fever reducer.

    The EXTRA benefit of taking Tylenol - for me anyway - is sweet sweet slumber @ HS. :zzzzz :zzzzz :zzzzz
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by MPHkatie
    I occasionally work Peds ER and I have had multiple parents and children of varying ages say that Motrin makes them sleepy- go figure, I have always assumed that it was because it relieved pain and now the pt could rest?
    Oh thank you! I thought I was kooky....I occasionally take a couple of Advil for back pain and I sleep 4 hours straight, every time. :zzzzz
  8. by   kids
    My Grandma who was NOT a pill taker swore by a couple of Tylenol at bedtime...I have always assumed it helped the minor aches that she didn't realize she had...my Mom pops a couple when she can't sleep also. Both took/take Tylenol during the day for headaches etc without getting sleepy.
  9. by   Ted
    I've had many and "old lady" ask for Tylenol to help them sleep. I don't care how it may work . . . but if it helps them sleep . . . so be it!

    Ted
  10. by   RNConnieF
    I work both LTC and peds and both report that Tylenol causes sleep. The LTC faclilty I work at has a standing PRN order for Tylenol for "insomnia". In peds parents often report that Advil/Motrin make the kiddies sleepy. I've heard both enough times to believe that there is something to the reports. Who knows.
  11. by   BadBird
    Just a guess here but I suspect that if tylenol eases the aches and pains the patients could relax and fall asleep.
  12. by   Huganurse
    BadBird, that's what I was thinking too. When I'm sore and have aches and pains, I take Tylenol for that reason and of course I sleep better. That's why I take it before I go to bed, so I won't lay there awake d/t pain. I fall right to sleep when the pain is gone. I never thought the med was helping me to sleep as a sleeping pill would. But, hey, if it works for my patients, they are more than welcome to it if I have an order to give it!
  13. by   hoolahan
    Add me to the little old ladies club. I am extremely sensitive to all meds. Tylenol makes me drowsy, and if I get a headache at work, I wait until I only have maybe one visit left to take it. For sleep though? Tylenol PM. My BP med coreg makes me so sleepy, I have to take it at night. Forget antihistamines, also have to take them at night. Pretty much the only thing that doesn't knock me out is my vitamin! I used to take 3 - 200mg ibuprophens to sleep. I think it rerlaxed my muscles a bit, so I could fall off easier. I would be out like a light. Forget about drinking a glass of wine, if I drank any with my dinner, I'd be in a coma by 7pm!

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