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Scott Francis Baker


May 27th, 2008

Popping pills @ 08:48 am

If my extra strength Tylenol says I can take two tablets every six hours can I take one tablet every four hours or so? I have a weird stomach thing going on, and one Tylenol seems to do the trick but it wears off before six hours. I'm wondering if I can halve the dose and increase the frequency. Is there some weird time release thing that would prevent me from doing that?
 
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From:graceadieu
Date:May 27th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)

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It depends upon your weight (dosage is determined by the weight of the patient) and also which form of Tylenol you are taking (caplets or the capsules which are clear-covered and are time-release.) I would, just to be safe, call the nearest pharmacy and talk to the pharmacist and ask for guidance. Be sure to tell him about your colon condition, too, so he has full information. I have done this a number of times with the pharmacist at several Walgreens and have always gotten helpful and expert persons who gave me good information.
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From:muerte
Date:May 27th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)

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I didn't even think of that! I dropped by the pharmacy at lunch and asked and she said I was fine.
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From:graceadieu
Date:May 27th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)

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Good! I am glad you did that.
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From:muerte
Date:May 27th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)

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Any idea what the difference between a gelcap and a caplet is? Why are gelcaps so much more expensive. I didn't have time to ask the pharmacist that.
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From:graceadieu
Date:May 28th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)

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A gelcap is nothing more than a coating of gelatin around a capsule. It was considered a big pharaceutical breakrthough because they are much easier to swallow than capsules or caplets and lots of people have a terrible time swallowing capsules, especially small children and the elderly. Whenever there is a new innovation that requires research and development to bring the product to market, the consumer pays for that R&D with higher prices.
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From:muerte
Date:May 28th, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)

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It's just an ease of use thing? I guess I never found swallowing a pill all that hard. Then again I'm not an infant or elderly.
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From:graceadieu
Date:May 28th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)

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There are also a large number of people of all ages who have severe gag reflexes and the only way those people could swallow a pill of the size of a capsule was to take it with a spoonful of jello, which often didn't do the trick. The invention of gelcaps solved that problem for those suffering from pronounced gag reflex, a condition that is amazingly common.

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