ACETAMINOPHEN; DIPHENHYDRAMINE (a set a MEE noe fen; dye fen HYE dra meen) is a pain reliever antihistamine combination. It is used to treat pain and help you fall to sleep.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the package. Leave the tablet in the sealed blister pack until you are ready to take it. With dry hands, open the blister and gently remove the tablet. Dissolve 2 tablets in 8 ounces of room temperature water. Do not chew or swallow this medicine without first dissolving the tablet.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be used for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
fast, irregular heartbeat
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antihistamines for allergy, cough, and cold
barbiturates, like phenobarbital
certain medicines for sleep
certain medicines for bladder problems like oxybutynin, tolterodine
certain medicines for blood pressure
certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like benztropine, trihexyphenidyl
certain medicines stomach problems like dicyclomine, hyoscyamine
other medicines with acetaminophen
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 to 77 degrees F). Keep this medicine in the original container. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high blood pressure
if you often drink alcohol
lung or breathing disease, like asthma
stomach or intestine problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen with this medicine. Always read labels carefully. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take too much acetaminophen get medical help right away. Too much acetaminophen can be very dangerous and cause liver damage. Even if you do not have symptoms, it is important to get help right away.