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Brand Names: Children's Triacting, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat Softchews, Tylenol Cough and Sore Throat Daytime

Generic Name: acetaminophen and dextromethorphan (Pronunciation: a SEET a MIN oh fen and DEX troe me THOR fan)

What is acetaminophen and dextromethorphan (Children's Triacting, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat Softchews, Tylenol Cough and Sore Throat Daytime)?

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer.

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. It affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex.

The combination of acetaminophen and dextromethorphan is used to treat cough and pain or fever caused by the common cold or flu.

Dextromethorphan will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.

Acetaminophen and dextromethorphan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and dextromethorphan (Children's Triacting, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat Softchews, Tylenol Cough and Sore Throat Daytime)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe dizziness, anxiety, restless feeling, or nervousness;
  • confusion, hallucinations;
  • slow, shallow breathing;
  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • upset stomach.
  • mild loss of appetite; or

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and dextromethorphan (Children's Triacting, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat, Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat Softchews, Tylenol Cough and Sore Throat Daytime)?

Do not take this medication without a doctor's advice if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis) or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day. You may not be able to take acetaminophen.

Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Do not use a cough or cold medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP) is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains acetaminophen or APAP.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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