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acetaminophen and guaifenesin (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using acetaminophen and guaifenesin (Comtrex Deep Chest Cold, Theraflu Flu & Chest Congestion)?

Ask a doctor before taking medicine that contains acetaminophen if you have ever had liver disease, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to acetaminophen or guaifenesin.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have liver disease or a history of alcoholism.

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

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

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.

How should I take acetaminophen and guaifenesin (Comtrex Deep Chest Cold, Theraflu Flu & Chest Congestion)?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use for longer than recommended. Cough and cold medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

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

Drink extra fluids while you are taking this medication.

Call doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache, cough, or skin rash.

If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon or doctor ahead of time if you have taken this medicine within the past few days.

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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