IndicationsThis combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
DoseringThe combination of acetaminophen and codeine comes as a tablet, capsule, and liquid to take by mouth. It usually is taken every 6 hours as needed. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take acetaminophen and codeine exactly as directed. Codeine can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or for a longer period than your doctor tells you to.
VoorzichtigBefore taking acetaminophen and codeine, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to acetaminophen, codeine, sulfite or any other drugs. tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially acetaminophen (Tylenol); antidepressants; medications for cough, cold, or allergies; other pain relievers; sedatives, sleeping pills, tranquilizers; and vitamins. tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver or kidney disease, a history of alcoholism, lung or thyroid disease, prostatic hypertrophy, or urinary retention. if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking acetaminophen and codeine. you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you. remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
Acetaminophen and codeine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- upset stomach
- stomach pain
- difficulty urinating
If you experience either of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- difficulty breathing
- mood changes
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch
] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].