Acetaminophen and pyrilamine

Name: Acetaminophen and pyrilamine

What is acetaminophen and pyrilamine?

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer.

Pyrilamine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body.

Acetaminophen and pyrilamine is a combination medicine used to treat headaches, backaches, muscle aches, and other minor aches or pains. This medicine is also used to treat menstrual cramps and bloating.

Acetaminophen and pyrilamine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this medicine is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Never take more than 8 tablets in one 24-hour period.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of acetaminophen can be fatal.

The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and pyrilamine?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP) is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains acetaminophen or APAP.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while you are taking acetaminophen, and can increase certain side effects of pyrilamine.

This medicine may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and pyrilamine?

Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before taking acetaminophen and pyrilamine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Other drugs may interact with acetaminophen and pyrilamine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

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