acetaminophen and aspirin (cont.)
What happens if I miss a dose (Excedrin Back & Body)?
Since acetaminophen and aspirin is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Excedrin Back & Body)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of this medication can cause serious harm.
Aspirin overdose can cause ringing in your ears, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, increased sweating, confusion, hallucinations, rapid breathing, seizure (convulsions), or coma.
The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and aspirin (Excedrin Back & Body)?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding or liver damage while you are taking acetaminophen and aspirin. Ask a doctor before taking acetaminophen if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as "APAP") and aspirin are contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of a certain drug, which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, acetaminophen, or APAP.
What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and aspirin (Excedrin Back & Body)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- medications for treating diabetes;
- gout medications such as probenecid (Benemid);
- another salicylate such as choline salicylate and/or magnesium salicylate (Magan, Doan's, Bayer Select Backache Pain Formula, Mobidin, Arthropan, Trilisate, Tricosal), or salsalate (Disalcid); or
- an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), diflunisal (Dolobid), etodolac (Lodine), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), ketorolac (Toradol), mefenamic acid (Ponstel), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), piroxicam (Feldene), and others.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with acetaminophen and aspirin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has information about acetaminophen and aspirin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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