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Acetaminophen and Diphenhydramine

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
Author information

Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Excedrin PM® [OTC];Goody's PM® [OTC];Legatrin PM® [OTC];Mapap PM [OTC];Percogesic® Extra Strength [OTC];TopCare® Pain Relief PM [OTC];Tylenol® PM [OTC];Tylenol® Severe Allergy [OTC]
    • Pharmacologic Category: Analgesic, Miscellaneous

    Uses
    • It is used to treat sleep problems.
    • It is used to ease pain.
    • Acetaminophen blocks chemicals that cause pain.
    • Diphenhydramine calms the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not take more than prescribed amount. Liver damage can happen.
    • Take 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime if using for sleep. Do not take for more than 2 weeks in a row.
    • There is a liquid if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Mix powder with liquid and drink or place on tongue and swallow with liquid.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

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

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell 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 involved.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • Avoid other sources of acetaminophen. An overdose may cause problems.
    • If you have glaucoma, talk with doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with doctor. You may be more sensitive to this drug.
    • If you are a man with problems passing urine, talk with doctor.
    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid drugs and natural products that slow your actions and reactions. These include sedatives, tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, antihistamines, and other pain drugs.
    • Avoid or limit alcohol intake (includes wine, beer, and liquor) to less than 3 drinks a day. Drinking too much alcohol may make the chance of liver disease bigger.
    • Be careful if you have G6PD deficiency. Anemia may happen.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber diet may help. Talk with doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Liver damage can rarely happen.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Dry mouth may cause more cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect 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; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Unable to pass urine.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Yellow skin or eyes.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear 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 can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2010 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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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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