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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene (Darvon Compound 32, Darvon Compound-65, PC-CAP, Propoxyphene Compound 65)?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have
You may not be able to take aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Propoxyphene may cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms as well as other harmful effects in an unborn baby. Do not take aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
Propoxyphene may also cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms in a nursing baby. Do not take aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you are older than 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from this therapy. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of the medication.
Do not use any product that contains aspirin to treat a child or teenager who has a fever, flu symptoms, or chicken pox without first talking to a doctor. In children younger than 20 years of age, aspirin may increase the risk of Reye's syndrome, a rare but often fatal condition.
How should I take aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene (Darvon Compound 32, Darvon Compound-65, PC-CAP, Propoxyphene Compound 65)?
Take aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene can be taken with food or milk if it causes stomach upset.
Do not take more of this medication than is prescribed. If the pain is not being adequately treated, talk to your doctor.
Propoxyphene may be habit forming. Physical and/or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after prolonged or high-dose treatment. Do not stop taking aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene suddenly without first talking to your doctor if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.
Constipation may be a side effect of treatment with aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene. Increasing the amount of fiber and water (six to eight full glasses) in the diet may reduce constipation.
Do not share this medication with anyone else.
Store aspirin/caffeine/propoxyphene at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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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