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Empirin Codeine Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
- What are the possible side effects of aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
- What is the most important information I should know about aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
- What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
- How should I take aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Empirin Codeine)?
- What happens if I overdose (Empirin Codeine)?
- What should I avoid while taking aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
- What other drugs will affect aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Empirin Codeine)?
Since aspirin and codeine is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Empirin Codeine)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of aspirin and codeine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, sweating, pinpoint pupils, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, confusion, cold and clammy skin, fainting, weak pulse, seizure (convulsions), blue lips, shallow breathing, or no breathing.
What should I avoid while taking aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
This medication can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Avoid taking any over-the-counter medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Aspirin is contained in many medicines available over the counter. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much aspirin. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains aspirin.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking aspirin and codeine. Alcohol may increase your risk of stomach bleeding while taking aspirin.
Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, antidepressants, or seizure medication can add to sleepiness caused by codeine, or could slow your breathing. Tell your doctor if you need to use any of these other medicines while you are taking aspirin and codeine.
What other drugs will affect aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
Many drugs can interact with asprin and codeine. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- glycopyrrolate (Robinul);
- mepenzolate (Cantil);
- atropine (Donnatal, and others), benztropine (Cogentin), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), methscopolamine (Pamine), or scopolamine (Transderm-Scop);
- bladder or urinary medications such as darifenacin (Enablex), flavoxate (Urispas), oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol), tolterodine (Detrol), or solifenacin (Vesicare);
- a bronchodilator such as ipratroprium (Atrovent) or tiotropium (Spiriva); or
- irritable bowel medications such as dicyclomine (Bentyl), hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Cystospaz, Levsin, and others), or propantheline (Pro-Banthine).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with aspirin and codeine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about aspirin and codeine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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