Acetaminophen and Codeine Tablets

Name: Acetaminophen and Codeine Tablets

Uses of Acetaminophen and Codeine Tablets

  • It is used to ease pain.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Acetaminophen and Codeine Tablets?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
  • You will be watched closely to make sure you do not misuse, abuse, or become addicted to this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets).
  • Allergic reactions have happened with this medicine. Rarely, some reactions can be very bad or life-threatening. Talk with the doctor.
  • Avoid other sources of acetaminophen. Check labels closely. Too much acetaminophen may cause problems.
  • Call your doctor right away if you take more than 4,000 mg (milligrams) of acetaminophen in a day, even if you feel well.
  • This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets).
  • If you are taking warfarin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to sulfites, talk with your doctor. Some products have sulfites.
  • Long-term use of an opioid drug like this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets) may lead to lower sex hormone levels. This may lead to signs like change in sex ability in men, no menstrual period in women, lowered interest in sex, or fertility problems. Call your doctor if you have any of these signs.
  • This medicine may raise the chance of seizures in some people, including people who have had seizures in the past. Talk to your doctor to see if you have a greater chance of seizures while taking this medicine.
  • Taking an opioid drug like this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets) may lead to a rare but very bad adrenal gland problem. Call your doctor right away if you have very bad dizziness or passing out, very bad upset stomach or throwing up, or if you feel less hungry, very tired, or very weak.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with care. You could have more side effects.
  • The chance of very bad side effects may be higher in children. This may be more likely to happen in children who have breathing problems. Deadly breathing problems have happened with the use of codeine in some children. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets), call your doctor right away.

How is this medicine (Acetaminophen and Codeine Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
  • Do not take this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets) with other strong pain drugs or if you are using a pain patch without talking to your doctor first.
  • If you have been taking this medicine for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and you may need higher doses to get the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Call your doctor if this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets) stops working well. Do not take more than ordered.
  • If you have been taking this medicine on a regular basis and you stop it all of a sudden, you may have signs of withdrawal. Do not stop taking this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets) all of a sudden without calling your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have any bad effects.
  • You will be watched closely to make sure you do not misuse, abuse, or become addicted to this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets).

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets) on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine (acetaminophen and codeine tablets).

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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