acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine (cont.)
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- What is acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine (Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold, Allergy Relief Multi-Symptom, Comtrex Flu Therapy, Comtrex Severe Cold & Sinus, Contac Cold+Flu, Dristan Cold Multi Symptom Formula, Norel AD, Protid, Robitussin Nighttime Nasal Relief, Sinus Congestion & Pain Nighttime, Tylenol Allergy Multi-Symptom, Tylenol Children's Plus Cold, Tylenol Sinus Congestion and Pain Cool Burst Day Night, Tylenol Sinus Congestion Nighttime)?
- What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine?
- What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine?
- How should I take acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine?
- What other drugs will affect acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine?
- 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.
Overdose symptoms may also include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.
What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine?
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, and can increase certain side effects of chlorpheniramine.
This medicine may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
What other drugs will affect acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as narcotic pain medication, sedatives, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by chlorpheniramine.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- leflunomide (Arava);
- topiramate (Topamax);
- zonisamide (Zonegran);
- an antibiotic, antifungal medicine, sulfa drug, or tuberculosis medicine;
- an antidepressant;
- birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
- bladder or urinary medications;
- blood pressure medication;
- a bronchodilator;
- cancer medicine;
- cholesterol-lowering medications such as Lipitor, Niaspan, Zocor, Vytorin, and others;
- gout or arthritis medications (including gold injections);
- HIV/AIDS medication;
- medication for nausea and vomiting, stomach ulcers, or irritable bowel syndrome;
- medicines to treat psychiatric disorders;
- an NSAID such as Advil, Aleve, Arthrotec, Cataflam, Celebrex, Indocin, Motrin, Naprosyn, Treximet, Voltaren, others; or
- seizure medication.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine.
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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