Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/NARCOTIC ANTITUSSIVE/ANTIHISTAMINE -
ORAL Pyrilamine-Pseudoephedrine-Cod Oral Uses
This combination product is used to treat symptoms caused
by the common cold, flu, allergies, hay fever, or other breathing illnesses
(e.g., sinusitis, bronchitis). Decongestants help relieve stuffy nose symptoms.
This product also contains a narcotic cough suppressant (antitussive) that
affects a certain part of the brain, reducing the urge to cough. Antihistamines
relieve watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, this product is not
recommended to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years. Some
products (including some long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for
use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more
details about using your produc...
Yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is asking manufacturers of prescription combination products that contain acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 mg (milligrams) in each tablet or capsule. Acetaminophen is probably best known by the brand name Tylenol. Outside the U.S., it is often called paracetamol and on prescriptions it may be labeled as APAP (For example, hydrocodone APAP). The drugs most affected by this action are opioid pain relievers that are combined with acetaminophen like codeine (Tylenol #3), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab) and oxycodone (Percocet). “FDA is taking this action to make prescription combination pain medications containing acetaminophen safer for patients to use,” said Sandra Kweder, M.D., deputy director of the Office of New Drugs in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “Overdose from prescription combination products containing acetaminop...
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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