Acetaminophen and pyrilamine

Name: Acetaminophen and pyrilamine

What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and pyrilamine?

Do not take more than your recommended dose. An acetaminophen overdose can damage your liver or cause death. Call your doctor at once if you have nausea, pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and pyrilamine?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or pyrilamine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • liver disease, cirrhosis, a history of alcoholism, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day;

  • kidney disease;

  • glaucoma;

  • enlarged prostate or urination problems;

  • asthma or COPD, cough with mucus, or cough caused by smoking, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis;

  • if you take a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin); or

  • if you take potassium (Cytra, Epiklor, K-Lyte, K-Phos, Kaon, Klor-Con, Polycitra, Urocit-K).

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use acetaminophen and pyrilamine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use acetaminophen and pyrilamine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take acetaminophen and pyrilamine?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. This medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up. Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.

Stop taking this medication and call your doctor if:

  • you have a fever lasting longer than 3 days;

  • you have pain lasting longer than 10 days; or

  • your symptoms get worse, or if you have any new symptoms.

If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon or doctor ahead of time if you have taken this medicine within the past few days.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Acetaminophen and pyrilamine side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. This could occur even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling. If you have this type of reaction, you should never again take any medicine that contains acetaminophen.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • any redness or swelling;

  • little or no urination; or

  • liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common side effects may include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness;

  • dry mouth, nose, or throat;

  • constipation;

  • blurred vision; or

  • feeling restless or excited (especially in children).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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