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Drugs reference index «Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine»

Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine

Generic Name: Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen/DYE-fen-HYE-dra-meen)Brand Name: Examples include Tylenol Cold Relief and Tylenol Severe Allergy

Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine is used for:

Relieving cold and flu symptoms such as minor aches and pains, fever, headache, sore throat, muscle aches, sneezing, and runny nose. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine and analgesic combination. Diphenhydramine causes drowsiness to help you fall asleep. Acetaminophen works in certain areas of the brain and nervous system to decrease pain.

Do NOT use Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine :

Some medical conditions may interact with Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have alcoholism or if you consume 3 or more alcohol-containing drinks every day
  • if you have a fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; liver problems (eg, hepatitis); or kidney problems
  • if you have a history of asthma; lung problems (eg, emphysema); heart problems; high blood pressure; diabetes; heart blood vessel problems; stroke; glaucoma; a blockage of your stomach, bladder, or intestines; ulcers; trouble urinating; an enlarged prostate; seizures; or an overactive thyroid

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Furazolidone, isoniazid, MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), sodium oxybate (GHB), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine 's side effects
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because they may increase the risk of Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine 's side effects, such as bleeding
  • Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol) and hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine :

Use Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine by mouth with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose of Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine .

Important safety information:

  • Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Avoid alcohol while you are using Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine . Check with your doctor before you use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine ; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 5 to 7 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • If sore throat lasts more than 2 days or fever lasts more than 3 days, or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine may harm your liver. Your risk may be greater if you drink alcohol while you are using Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine . Talk to your doctor before you take Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine or other fever reducers if you drink more than 3 drinks with alcohol per day.
  • Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine has acetaminophen and diphenhydramine. Before you start any new prescription or nonprescription medicine, check the label to see if it has acetaminophen or diphenhydramine in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine . Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine for a few days before the tests.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Use Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine while you are pregnant. It is not known if Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine .

Possible side effects of Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, nose, or throat; excitability; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness or anxiety; upset stomach; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark urine or pale stools; difficulty urinating or inability to urinate; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, or headache; severe or persistent loss of appetite; stomach pain; tremor; trouble sleeping; unusual fatigue; vision changes; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include blurred vision; confusion; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; severe drowsiness; unusually fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; vomiting.

Proper storage of Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine :

Store Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Acetaminophen/Diphenhydramine . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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