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Tylenol-Codeine Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is acetaminophen and codeine (Tylenol-Codeine)?
- What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and codeine?
- What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and codeine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and codeine?
- How should I take acetaminophen and codeine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and codeine?
- What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and codeine?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since this medication 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. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of acetaminophen and codeine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, cold and clammy skin, fainting, weak pulse, seizure (convulsions), coma, blue lips, shallow breathing, or no breathing.
The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and codeine?
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how acetaminophen and codeine will affect you.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP) is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains acetaminophen or APAP.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen.
What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and codeine?
Before taking acetaminophen and codeine, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, other pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by codeine.
Also tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- 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 other drugs may interact with acetaminophen 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 acetaminophen 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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Additional Tylenol-Codeine Information
- Tylenol-Codeine Drug Interactions Center: acetaminophen-codeine oral
- Tylenol-Codeine Side Effects Center
- Tylenol-Codeine Overview including Precautions
- Tylenol-Codeine FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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