acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, and codeine (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, and codeine (Fioricet with Codeine, Phrenilin with Caffeine and Codeine)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or codeine, or if you have porphyria.
Codeine and butalbital may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share this medication with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
To make sure you can safely take acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, and codeine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
Tell your doctor 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.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby, but it could cause breathing problems or addiction/withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
This medication can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. The use of codeine by some nursing mothers may lead to life-threatening side effects in the baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, and codeine (Fioricet with Codeine, Phrenilin with Caffeine and Codeine)?
Take exactly as prescribed. Never take this medicine 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.
One acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, and codeine capsule contains 325 mg of acetaminophen. Know the amount of acetaminophen in the specific product you are taking.
Take with food or milk to ease stomach upset.
Do not stop using this medication suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, and codeine. If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using this medication. 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, butalbital, caffeine, and codeine 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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