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Acetaminophen, Aspirin, and Caffeine

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Anacin® Advanced Headache Formula [OTC];Excedrin® Extra Strength [OTC];Excedrin® Migraine [OTC];Fem-Prin® [OTC];Goody's® Extra Strength Headache Powder [OTC];Goody's® Extra Strength Pain Relief [OTC];Pain-Off [OTC];Vanquish® Extra Strength Pain Reliever [OTC]
    • Pharmacologic Category: Analgesic, Miscellaneous

    Uses
    • It is used to treat migraine headaches.
    • It is used to ease pain.
    • Acetaminophen blocks chemicals that cause pain.
    • Aspirin blocks chemicals that cause pain and swelling.
    • Caffeine eases pain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Mix powder with water and drink.
    • Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Liver problems may happen.
    • Do not take for more than 48 hours if treating a migraine headache.
    • Keep a diary of your headaches.

    Missed Dose

    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to acetaminophen, aspirin, caffeine, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Bleeding problems, nose polyps, or rhinitis.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

    Precautions

    • Avoid other sources of acetaminophen. An overdose may cause problems.
    • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
    • If you have asthma, talk with your doctor. You may be more sensitive to this drug.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Be careful if you have G6PD deficiency. Anemia may happen.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Talk with your doctor before using other aspirin, products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
    • Avoid or limit drinking wine, beer, or mixed drinks to less than 3 drinks a day. Drinking too much alcohol may raise your chance of liver disease.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Belly pain or heartburn.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Harm to the liver may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Yellow skin or eyes.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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