This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take acetaminophen/codeine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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/codeine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to acetaminophen/codeine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using acetaminophen/codeine.
Some children have had serious and sometimes fatal breathing problems when using acetaminophen/codeine after surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids. Acetaminophen/codeine should not be used in children to treat pain after surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids. Talk with your doctor for more information.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use acetaminophen/codeine.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
When used for long periods of time or at high doses, acetaminophen/codeine may not work as well and may require higher doses to obtain the same effect as when originally taken. This is known as TOLERANCE. Talk with your doctor if acetaminophen/codeine stops working well. Do not take more than prescribed.
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This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if acetaminophen/codeine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
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Some medical conditions may interact with acetaminophen/codeine. l your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
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CSA Schedule M Multiple: 3,5.
Contact (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediay. Symptoms may include bluish skin or nails; cold and clammy skin; coma; decreased urination; fainting; limp muscles; loss of consciousness; nausea or vomiting; pinpoint pupils; seizures; severe dizziness, drowsiness, or light-headedness; slow heartbeat; slow, shallow, or difficult breathing; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, pale stools, persistent loss of appetite, unusual or severe stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual sweating or tiredness.
Pregnancy Category C Risk cannot be ruled out.
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Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; light-headedness; mild stomach pain; nausea; vomiting.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 this medicine. 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 your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
Store acetaminophen/codeine at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep acetaminophen/codeine out of the reach of children and away from pets.
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Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Generic Name: acetaminophen/codeine (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen/KOE-deen) Brand Name: Tylenol w/ Codeine.
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Relieving mild to moderay severe pain. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Some people who use acetaminophen/codeine for a long time may develop a need to continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at risk. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction. If you suddenly stop taking acetaminophen/codeine, you may experience WITHDRAWAL symptoms, including anxiety; diarrhea; fever, runny nose, or sneezing; goose bumps and abnormal skin sensations; nausea; vomiting; pain; rigid muscles; rapid heartbeat; seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there; shivering or tremors; sweating; and trouble sleeping.
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with acetaminophen/codeine. l your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); change in the amount of urine produced; confusion; fainting; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, anxiety, depression); severe or persistent constipation; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, headache, or light-headedness; shortness of breath; slow, shallow, or difficult breathing; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, pale stools, persistent loss of appetite, unusual or severe stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes); trouble urinating; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes.
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Acetaminophen/codeine contains acetaminophen. Severe and sometimes fatal liver problems, including the need for liver transplant, have been reported with the use of acetaminophen. Most cases of these liver problems occurred in patients taking excessive doses of acetaminophen (more than 4,000 mg per day). Also, patients who developed these liver problems were often using more than 1 medicine that contained acetaminophen. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
Use acetaminophen/codeine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Acetaminophen/codeine is a narcotic and analgesic/antipyretic combination. It works in the brain and nervous system to decrease pain.