Tylox statistics on drug use and abuse are on the rise, and so is the long list of prescription-only medication. According to the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 16 million Americans aged 12 years and above took prescription pain relievers, stimulants, or tranquilizers for non-medical purposes in 2009 alone. Tylox in particular is manufactured using acetaminophen and oxycodone, and any pack is printed with a warning like "may be habit forming". Every day, the reported figures in terms of drug prescription and purchase, abuse, addiction, adverse effects, and rehabilitation cases increase almost exponentially.
Over the years, the potency and effectiveness of Tylox has never been questioned; however what seems to be the problem is when users deviate ever so slightly from the recommended dose and frequency. Abuse of Tylox and allied drugs has become a worldwide silent pandemic. Between 2006 and 2008, US and Canada were leading in per capita consumption of oxycodone, with their combined utilization exceeding that of all other countries.
The chronicles of how Tylox statistics have surged begins as far back as 1950, when such medication was manufactured with small percentages of oxycodone. However in 1995, FDA approved a company called Purdue Pharma to make Oxycontin; where 80mg pills contained almost 100% oxycodone in a 12-hour time-release pain-relief formulation. Given that oxycodone is a powerful opioid with morphine-like properties and poses serious health risks for the body, drugs like Tylox were made with 5mg oxycodone and 500mg acetaminophen content.
The other ingredient, acetaminophen, is a less powerful pain killer and is a standard over-the-counter drug. A combination of both compounds creates a good medicine for relief of moderate to severe pain. To keep consumption in check, Tylox is closely controlled by medics. However this has not prevented overuse, extended use, and fatal combination with other drugs.
Oxycodone/acetaminophen drugs such as Tylox are categorized by the US Drug Enforcement Agency as Schedule II narcotics. Until 2009, the drug was preferred due to its efficacy and reduced likelihood of addiction compared to morphine. That year, FDA recommended that sales be limited due to the 400 reported cases of acetaminophen-related deaths, i.e. overdose and liver damage. That same period, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported a 500% rise in oxycodone-related deaths in Ontario.
In as much as Tylox can be habit forming, the number one cause for alarm is its side effects. Between 2004 and 2009, official FDA reports of Tylox side effects stood at 105,540 with around 2,000 more on social media events and forums. Among the most popular were constipation, lightheadedness, dry mouth, nausea and blurry vision. According to these Tylox statistics, mild side effects occur in about 42% of patients, although this is not a complete list. Some of the serious complications include shallow breathing and slowed heartbeat, problems with urination, convulsions, and jaundice among others.
The new drug epidemic is prescription medication, with fatal combination being a major subject of concern. Over 50 million deaths in the US from 1983 to 2004 were attributed to combination of medication, accidental prescription mistakes, and avoidable misuse. Mixing Tylox with alcohol has been reported to cause severe consequences. Liver damage, which is a core downside of Tylox, is accelerated by alcohol consumption. Too much acetaminophen is harmful to the liver, and taking more than three alcoholic drinks a day may result in acute liver failure.
Part of the reason why prescription abuse is so rampant is the kind of information an user gets when they carry out a random search of opinions. Tylox statistics reveal that most users of prescriptions that are classified as Controlled Substances do not seem to understand the gravity of consequences when they abuse their prescriptions. A survey of several forums on Tussionex (chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone) highlighted just how disconcerting these reviews are. Tens of comments were in the region of "I love that syrup", "I can't get enough" or "it tastes great, I highly recommend it". Replace the word 'Tussionex' with 'crystal meth' and the conversations sound similar.
Tylox is no different. Even with numerous warnings not to diverge from a doctor's orders, many people still encourage misuse. Some confess using Tylox for up to five years. Out of every five reviews of Tylox, at least one encourages long-term use of the drug, increasing dosage to relieve pain faster, or abuse to achieve the 'desirable' side effects such as energy highness, euphoria or drowsiness.
A global campaign is necessary to sensitize people on the need to treat prescription medicines like any other drug, especially those with potential for addiction and hazard. Tylox statistics are just a glimpse into this global pandemic.