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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 or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of aspirin and codeine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme dizziness or spinning sensation, sweating, pinpoint pupils, double vision, vomiting, hallucinations, muscle weakness or limp feeling, 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 may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how aspirin and codeine will affect you.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other over-the-counter cold, allergy, or pain medicine. Aspirin is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much aspirin. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin.
Avoid taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) or an NSAID while you are taking aspirin and codeine, unless your doctor tells you to. NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), ketorolac (Toradol), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding while taking aspirin.
What other drugs will affect aspirin and codeine (Empirin Codeine)?
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy or could slow your breathing (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by aspirin and codeine.
Many drugs can interact with aspirin and codeine. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- deferasirox (Exjade);
- leflunomide (Arava);
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
- sirolimus (Rapamune) or tacrolimus (Prograf);
- an antidepressant, such as bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), and others;
- antiviral medicines such as adefovir (Hepsera), cidofovir (Vistide), or tenofovir (Viread, Atripla, Complera, Truvada);
- aspirin or other salicylates, including Kaopectate, Pamprin Cramp Formula, Pepto-Bismol, Tricosal, Trilisate, and others;
- bowel cleansing preparations (Half Lytely, Fleet Prep Kit, Evac-Q-Kwik, GoLytely, Supraprep, and others);
- glaucoma medication such as acetazolamide (Diamox) or methazolamide (Glauctabs, Neptazane); or
- medication used to prevent blood clots, such as dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), fondaparinux (Arixtra), tinzaparin (Innohep), and others.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with aspirin and codeine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. 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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