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What is this medicine?

ACETAMINOPHEN; CODEINE (a set a MEE noe fen; KOE deen) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat mild to moderate 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:
  • brain tumor
  • Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or ulcerative colitis
  • drink more than 3 alcohol containing drinks per day
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • head injury
  • heart or circulation problems
  • kidney disease or problems going to the bathroom
  • liver disease
  • lung disease, asthma, or breathing problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to acetaminophen, codeine, salicylates, other opioid analgesics, 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 full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If the medicine upsets your stomach, take the medicine with food or milk. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take.

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

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?

  • alcohol
  • antihistamines
  • benztropine
  • drugs for bladder problems like solifenacin, trospium, oxybutynin, tolterodine, hycosamine, and methscopolamine
  • drugs for breathing problems like ipratropium and tiotropium
  • drugs for certain stomach or intestine problems like propantheline, homatropine methylbromide, glycopyrrolate, atropine, belladonna, and dicyclomine
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for sleep
  • muscle relaxants
  • naltrexone
  • narcotic medicines (opiates) for pain
  • phenothiazines like perphenazine, thioridazine, chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, fluphenazine, prochlorperazine, promazine, trifluoperazine
  • scopolamine
  • tramadol
  • trihexyphenidyl

               
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