acetaminophen and diphenhydramine (cont.)
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- What is acetaminophen and diphenhydramine (Anacin P.M. Aspirin Free, Coricidin Night Time Cold Relief, Excedrin PM, Excedrin PM Caplet, Excedrin PM Express Gels, Headache Relief PM, Legatrin PM, Mapap PM, Midol PM, Night Time Pain, Percogesic Extra Strength, Percogesic Original Strength, Tylenol Cold Relief Caplet, Tylenol Cold Relief Nighttime, Tylenol Cold Relief Nighttime Caplet, Tylenol Extra Strength PM, Tylenol Extra Strength PM Rapid Release Gelcaps, Tylenol Extra Strength PM Vanilla Caplet, Tylenol PM, Tylenol Sore Throat Nighttime, Unisom with Pain Relief)?
- What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?
- What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?
- How should I take acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?
- What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since this medication 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?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of acetaminophen and diphenhydramine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include feeling very restless, extreme drowsiness, warmth or tingly feeling, or seizure (convulsions).
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 diphenhydramine?
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
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.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen, and can add to drowsiness caused by diphenhydramine.
What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and diphenhydramine?
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by diphenhydramine.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with acetaminophen and diphenhydramine. 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 can provide more information about acetaminophen and diphenhydramine.
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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