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acetaminophen and diphenhydramine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to acetaminophen or diphenhydramine.

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 medicine that contains acetaminophen.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:

It is not known whether acetaminophen and diphenhydramine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use cold or cough medicine without medical advice if you are pregnant.

Acetaminophen and diphenhydramine can may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use cold or cough medicine without your doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.

One dose of this medicine may contain up to 1000 mg of acetaminophen. Know the amount of acetaminophen in the specific product you are taking.

Cough or cold medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

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.

Take this medicine with food or milk if it upsets your stomach.

This medication can cause unusual results with allergy skin tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are taking an antihistamine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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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