acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine (cont.)
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- What is acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine (Alka-Seltzer Cold and Sinus, Allerest No Drowsiness, Bayer Select Decongestant, Benadryl Allergy Sinus Headache, Dristan Cold Non-Drowsy, Ornex, Ornex Maximum Strength, Sinarest Sinus, Sine-Off Maximum Strength, Tavist Sinus, Triaminic Softchews Allergy Sinus)?
- What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine?
- What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine?
- How should I take acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine?
- What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since this medicine is taken when 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 can be fatal.
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 pseudoephedrine?
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.
What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine if you are also using any of the following drugs:
- an antibiotic, antifungal medicine, sulfa drug, or tuberculosis medicine;
- birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
- heart or blood pressure medication;
- cholesterol-lowering medications--Crestor, Lipitor, Pravachol, Simcor, Vytorin, Zocor, and others;
- gout or arthritis medications (including gold injections);
- HIV or AIDS medication;
- medicines to treat mental illness;
- an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)--ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, others;
- seizure medication--carbamazepine, phenytoin, and others; or
- steroids (prednisone and others).
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine.
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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