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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)?

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

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 medication if you have:

It is not known whether acetaminophen and guaifenesin will harm an unborn baby. Do not use cold or 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 or cough medicine without your doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

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 take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.

One packet of acetaminophen and guaifenesin powder contains 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.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Do not take acetaminophen and guaifenesin for longer than 7 days in a row. Stop using the medication and call your doctor if you still have a fever after 3 days of use. Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse, or if you have a skin rash, ongoing headache, any redness or swelling, or any new symptoms.

Acetaminophen can cause false results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Talk to your doctor if you are diabetic and you notice changes in your glucose levels during treatment.

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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