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acetaminophen and pentazocine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking acetaminophen and pentazocine (Talacen)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or pentazocine (Talwin).

Pentazocine may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Acetaminophen and pentazocine should never be given to another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

To make sure you can safely take acetaminophen and pentazocine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

Tell your doctor if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day or if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis). You may not be able to take medication that contains acetaminophen.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether acetaminophen and pentazocine will harm an unborn baby. Acetaminophen and pentazocine may cause breathing problems or addiction and withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using acetaminophen and pentazocine.

Acetaminophen and pentazocine may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.

How should I take acetaminophen and pentazocine (Talacen)?

Take exactly as prescribed. Never take acetaminophen and pentazocine in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.

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

Drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water daily to help prevent constipation while you are taking acetaminophen and pentazocine. Ask your doctor about ways to increase the fiber in your diet. Do not use a stool softener (laxative) without first asking your doctor.

Do not stop using acetaminophen and pentazocine suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using acetaminophen and pentazocine.

This medication can cause unusual results with certain urine tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using acetaminophen and pentazocine.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using acetaminophen and pentazocine. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Acetaminophen and pentazocine is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.

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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