Friday, January 15, 2010

Tylenol Gets a Well Deserved Sadie Frown

I am a little annoyed. Actually I'm more than a little annoyed. You see lately I've been getting sick. I was confused at first, because I thought that the morning sickness had ended a couple of weeks ago. And this wasn't quite the same as morning sickness. I couldn't put my finger on it, but something was off.

Still, I figured that every pregnancy is different and that this time morning sickness must be different from the last time, coming and going randomly without cause.

One consistent throughout my pregnancies has been migraine headaches. I've kept the medicine cabinet stocked with Tylenol Extra Strength, since it's one of the few medicines the doctor automatically okays (along with Benadryl and Robitussin) and am just thankful that the headaches usually don't last very long. Last night, however, I had one of the worst migraines of my entire life. It finally faded towards morning, but when I got up I found myself incredibly sick to my stomach.

After getting sick I decided that it was probably a mixture of a sensitive stomach (during my pregnancy with Sadie I had a bleeding ulcer) and taking Tylenol right before bed on an empty stomach (or a kind of empty stomach anyways, I'd had dinner about three hours earlier). And of course I partially blamed morning sickness. Since I still had a little headache I decided to take another Tylenol (on a full stomach after breakfast) before we headed into town to do our monthly Big Food Shopping.

A few hours later I was sick in "The City," thankful that Sadie had a small toy bucket that we'd brought along.

And now I see this. Johnson and Johnson issues recalls of lots of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Rolaids, Simply Sleep and St. Joseph. And looking back over the last month I think there's a pretty strong correlation between my headaches, taking Tylenol and being sick the following morning.

This website allows you to search to lot numbers of these drugs if you have them in your house.

The lot my bottle is from is not listed. However it's right next to some that are listed and frankly since this is the second recall this month I wouldn't be surprised if more followed. I can tell you one thing for certain, I'm not going to be taking another pill out of that bottle.

Johnson and Johnson definitely get a Sadie Frown.


  1. Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well.

  2. I get migranes and usually they cause nausia and vomiting. Oddly I've only had one migraine during the pregnancy, but they say that's actually normal. Some women only have them during preggo and others outside of preggo.

    I don't take Tylenol for them because it doesn't work. The easiest thing to do is try to record what you've eaten or been doing before you get one and see if there's a corrolation. Sometimes caffeine triggers migraines and sometimes excessive activity with little rest will trigger them to.

    Interestingly caffeine helps releive the pain so if you have a Coke it might help you better than the Tylenol. But that's my advice; you can take it or leave it.

    Totally sucks about the recall thing though. I'm glad that I hate taking meds. I'm all for going with natural home remidies.

    (Okay totally can't spell today)

  3. I usually take a tylenol and a coke and it usually helps. The weird thing about the nausea was that it started with these after the headaches ended, which is why I think it may be related (before I heard about the recall I'd started to think that it was kind of like the Tylenol was making me sick!).

    I didn't take tylenol last night and today no nausea at all. That makes my whole day! I'm hoping this truly means the morning sickness is over!

  4. I haven't try yet taking such drug or medecine for my morning sickness. As I read some comments from other moms out there, they also take such drug like Zofran. Which is more effective Zofran or Tylenol? I'm just curious.


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