Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, has issued a voluntary nationwide recall for 101 lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets , USP 10 mg/500 mg. Bottles from the affected lots may contain tablets that have a higher dosage of acetaminophen, and as a result, it is possible that consumers could take more than the intended acetaminophen dose.
The problem with getting too much acetaminophen is that it could result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than three alcoholic beverages a day.
The affected lots, were distributed between Feb. 20, 2012 and Nov. 19, 2012 to wholesale distributors and retail pharmacies nationwide. For a list of the lot numbers, see Qualitest's press release .
If you have hydrocodone/acetaminophen tablets from the affected lots, contact Qualitest at 1-800-444-4011. If you are unsure if you have the affected ...
Generic Name: CODEINE/BUTALBITAL/ACETAMINOPHEN/CAFFEINE -
ORAL Pronounced: (KOE-deen/bue-TAL-bi-tal/a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen/KAF-een) Cod-Butalbital-Acetaminop-Caf Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to treat tension
headaches. Codeine is a narcotic pain reliever (opiate-type) that acts on
certain centers in the brain to give you pain relief. Acetaminophen helps to
decrease the pain from the headache. Caffeine helps increase the effects of
acetaminophen. Butalbital is a sedative which helps to decrease anxiety and
cause sleepiness and relaxation.
How To Use Cod-Butalbital-Acetaminop-Caf Oral
See also Warning section.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food,
usually every 4 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor. Do not take more
than 6 capsules in a 24-hour period. If you have nausea, you may take this
medication with food. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to
decrease nausea (e.g., antihistamine...
Recently, a fellow migraine patient emailed me about a situation she had found herself in and asked me to share it in hopes of preventing others from finding themselves in the same situation. Joan (not her real name) had a "headache" and wasn't sure if it was a migraine or a headache, so she reached for her bottle of Excedrin ® Tension Headache and took two caplets as the directions state. Two hours later, since her headache wasn't better, Joan took FOUR more Excedrin ® Tension Headache caplets, which was double the recommended dosage. When that still hadn't worked two hours later, she took a dose of her triptan and two Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets. Once again, the medications provided no relief, so two hours later she repeated the triptan with two more Vidocin. At that point, she began vomiting uncontrollably, and her husband took her to the emergency room. In the emergency room, they gave her a charcoal substance to neutralize the acetaminophen, started an I...
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