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Brand Names: Diabetic Tussin Night Time Formula

Generic Name: acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and diphenhydramine (Pronunciation: a SEET a MIN oh fen, DEX troe me THOR fan, DYE fen HYE dra meen)

What is acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and diphenhydramine (Diabetic Tussin Night Time Formula)?

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer.

Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. It affects the cough reflex in the brain that triggers coughing.

Acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, and dextromethorphan is a combination medicine used to treat headache, fever, body aches, cough, runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu.

This medicine will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.

Acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, and dextromethorphan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of this medicine (Diabetic Tussin Night Time Formula)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using the medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe headache, seizure (convulsions);
  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
  • confusion, hallucinations, severe dizziness or drowsiness, slow or shallow breathing;
  • tremor, restless muscle movements;
  • little or no urinating;
  • flu symptoms, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, pale skin, weakness, feeling light-headed; or
  • nausea, pain in your upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common side effects may include:

  • headache, sleep problems (insomnia);
  • upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation;
  • dry eyes, blurred vision, dry mouth or nose;
  • mild dizziness or drowsiness, trouble concentrating;
  • feeling restless or excited (especially in children); or
  • mild skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about this medicine (Diabetic Tussin Night Time Formula)?

Ask a doctor before taking medicine that contains acetaminophen if you have ever had liver disease, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day.

Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.

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.



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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