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What is this medicine?

ACETAMINOPHEN; CAFFEINE; DIHYDROCODEINE (a set a MEE noe fen; KAF een; dye hye droe KOE deen) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • drink more than 3 alcohol containing drinks per day
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • head injury
  • heart, circulation problems
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease
  • stomach, intestine problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to acetaminophen, caffeine, dihydrocodeine, codeine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • alcohol
  • linezolid
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • procarbazine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
  • barbiturates like phenobarbital
  • carbamazepine
  • certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • ciprofloxacin
  • disulfiram
  • isoniazid
  • medicines for high blood pressure or other heart problems
  • medicines for sleep
  • medicines for asthma, other breathing problems
  • medicines for sleep during surgery
  • muscle relaxants
  • narcotic medicines (opiates) for pain
  • other acetaminophen products
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
  • phenytoin
  • tramadol
  • warfarin

               
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