acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and codeine (cont.)
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What happens if I miss a dose (Cotabflu)?
Since cough or cold medicine is usually taken only as 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. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Cotabflu)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of codeine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, increased sweating, pinpoint pupils, confusion, cold and clammy skin, blue-colored lips or fingernails, weak pulse, shallow breathing, seizure (convulsions), fainting, or breathing that stops.
What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and codeine (Cotabflu)?
This medication can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Do not use any other cough, cold, pain, or allergy medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as "APAP") and chlorpheniramine are contained in many combination medicines. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of a certain drug. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains acetaminophen, APAP, or chlorpheniramine.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some side effects of chlorpheniramine and codeine, and increases your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen. If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day, do not take acetaminophen without your doctor's advice, and never take more than 2 grams (2000 mg) of acetaminophen per day.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). This medication can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
What other drugs will affect acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and codeine (Cotabflu)?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by chlorpheniramine or codeine.
Also tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and codeine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and codeine.
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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