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What is this medicine?

ACETAMINOPHEN; PSEUDOEPHEDRINE (a set a MEE noe fen; soo doe e FED rin) is a combination of a pain reliever and a decongestant. It is used to treat symptoms of the common cold and other sinus congestion with pain or fever.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • if you frequently drink alcohol containing drinks
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • prostate trouble
  • taken an MAOI like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate in last 14 days
  • thyroid disease
  • trouble passing urine
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to acetaminophen, pseudoephedrine, 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 package or prescription label. Do not chew, crush, or cut. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

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:
  • bromocriptine
  • ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • acetaminophen
  • alcohol
  • atropine
  • bretylium
  • caffeine
  • digoxin
  • isoniazid
  • linezolid
  • mecamylamine
  • medicines for blood pressure
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for enlarged prostate
  • medicines for sleep
  • other medicines for cold, cough or allergy
  • procarbazine
  • reserpine
  • St. John's Wort

               
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