Acetaminophen and Codeine Suspension

Name: Acetaminophen and Codeine Suspension

Uses of Acetaminophen and Codeine Suspension

  • It is used to ease pain.

How is this medicine (Acetaminophen and Codeine Suspension) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with acetaminophen and codeine suspension. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this medicine.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
  • Do not take acetaminophen and codeine suspension with other strong pain drugs or if you are using a pain patch without talking to your doctor first.
  • If you have been taking this medicine for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and you may need higher doses to get the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Call your doctor if acetaminophen and codeine suspension stops working well. Do not take more than ordered.
  • If you have been taking this medicine on a regular basis and you stop it all of a sudden, you may have signs of withdrawal. Do not stop taking acetaminophen and codeine suspension all of a sudden without calling your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have any bad effects.
  • You will be watched closely to make sure you do not misuse, abuse, or become addicted to acetaminophen and codeine suspension.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take acetaminophen and codeine suspension on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

What are some other side effects of Acetaminophen and Codeine Suspension?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Headache.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

How do I store and/or throw out Acetaminophen and Codeine Suspension?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine is refilled. If you have any questions about acetaminophen and codeine suspension, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about acetaminophen and codeine suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using acetaminophen and codeine suspension.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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