While there isn’t any evidence that it can treat glaucoma, it may be safe in low doses to reduce swelling in eyes.
This is especially important for people who are on blood thinners or have high blood pressure. These medications can increase the risk for bleeding in the eye.
If your doctor thinks it is safe for you to take Tylenol PM for inflammation, they will likely recommend a lower dose of the medication.
Potential side effects of Tylenol PM
Tylenol PM is a common brand name for acetaminophen. It’s a pain reliever. It’s not considered safe to use this medication as a cold medicine.
In addition to the side effects of acetaminophen, the following side effects have been reported when using Tylenol PM:
- Dry mouth
- Stomach upset
- Upset stomach
Other drugs that can cause drowsiness include:
- Sleep aids
These medications can also cause other side effects.
Tylenol PM should be used cautiously if you’re taking any of the following:
- Blood thinners
- Antihyperlipidemic medications
- Iron supplements
- Calcium supplements
If you take any of these medications, be sure to tell your doctor.
Talk to your doctor
Tylenol PM may be appropriate for you if you have eye pain and inflammation, and your doctor thinks it’s safe for you.
You should not take Tylenol PM if you:
- Have a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots
- Have recently had a stroke
- Have liver disease
- Have a history of liver disease
- Have recently had an eye injury
- Have a history of bleeding disorders
- Are pregnant
- Have diabetes
- Have glaucoma
- Have an increased risk of developing glaucoma
- Are taking blood thinners
If you have eye pain and inflammation without a clear cause, talk to your doctor. They can recommend other medications to treat your pain and inflammation.
If you take any medications that increase your risk for bleeding, be sure to tell your doctor.
A note on eye drops
If you have eye pain or inflammation, and have not been able to find relief with home remedies, talk to your doctor.
Your doctor may prescribe an eye drop. They may advise you to use a different medication if they think it’s safer.
They may also recommend you stop using it. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, talk to your doctor about whether to continue using it.
If you currently use eye drops and have vision problems, talk to your doctor. They can discuss your options with you.
You may have to stop using eye drops if they are the cause of your eye inflammation.
If you have eye inflammation or pain and are on blood thinners, talk to your doctor. They can discuss your options with you and help you decide if they are safe to stop using.
If you’re taking blood thinners and are experiencing vision problems, talk to your doctor. They can discuss your options with your eye doctor.
A note on nonprescription eye drops
If you have pain or inflammation that is not related to an infection or injury, talk to your doctor. They can help you find nonprescription eye drops that may relieve your symptoms.
They can also help you decide if it’s safe to discontinue using them.
If you currently use nonprescription eye drops and have vision problems, talk to your doctor. They can discuss your options with you and help you decide if they are safe for you.
If your current symptoms are due to eye inflammation, you may need to stop using nonprescription eye drops.
They may also recommend you switch to a different nonprescription medication.
How to use Tylenol PM?
The information below describes how to use Tylenol PM safely and effectively.
As an adult
If you’re an adult, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Open the capsule.
- Remove the cap and place the capsule on your tongue.
- Swallow the capsule.
As a child
If you’re a child, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands.
- Open the capsule, and remove the cap.
- Place the capsule on your tongue.
- Swallow the capsule with a small sip of water.
When to see your doctor?
If you’ve taken the capsules, and you aren’t experiencing any side effects, you may be able to stop taking them.
If your doctor thinks you should keep taking the capsules, they will give you instructions based on your current health.
Take the capsules as directed
If you’re taking acetaminophen, Tylenol PM, or another product containing acetaminophen, take the capsules as directed.
If you’re taking a combination product containing acetaminophen, Tylenol PM, or another product containing acetaminophen, follow the instructions on the label.
Avoid taking any medication with acetaminophen if you’ve taken an excessive amount of it within the past 24 hours. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause liver damage or damage your liver.
If you’re taking any type of nonprescription eye drop, talk to your doctor to see if it needs to be discontinued.
Take the capsule for the full amount of time prescribed.
Avoid using it if you’re allergic to acetaminophen.
Don’t use more than the recommended dosage of medication.
Tell your doctor about any other medications you’re taking. Taking more than one drug at the same time can cause unwanted side effects.
Stop taking the capsules if you notice any side effects.
Warnings for specific groups
If you’re pregnant: Acetaminophen may not be used safely during pregnancy.
Acetaminophen may also cause harm to an unborn baby if the mother takes the drug during the first trimester.
For this reason, acetaminophen cannot be used during pregnancy in women who are breastfeeding.
For the sake of convenience, your doctor may use a different form of acetaminophen, such as Tylenol PM, with acetaminophen.
Tylenol PM may be used to treat mild to moderate pain and inflammation associated with the eyes.
Acetaminophen is sometimes used with Tylenol PM for this purpose.
Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
If your symptoms are severe or don’t improve after 2 days of taking the capsules, talk to your doctor.
They can assess your symptoms and help you find an alternative medication.
There are many nonprescription medications available for pain and inflammation in the eyes. Some also contain acetaminophen.
Talk to your doctor about whether any of these medications are safe for you.
If you’re allergic to acetaminophen, talk to your doctor to see if they can use another medication with acetaminophen.
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