GENERIC NAME: ISOMETHEPTENE/ ACETAMINOPHEN/ DICHLORALPHENAZONE - ORAL (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen/EYE-soe-meth-EP-teen/ DYE-klor-al-FEN-a-zone)
BRAND NAME(S): Amidrine, Isocom, Midchlor, Midrin
USES: This combination medication is used to relieve tension and migraine headaches. Acetaminophen helps to decrease the pain from the headache. Isometheptene helps to narrow the widened blood vessels in the head. Headache pain can be caused by these widened blood vessels. Dichloralphenazone helps to relax the body.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.For migraine headaches, take at the first sign of the headache as directed by your doctor. Then you will usually take 1 capsule every hour as needed until the headache is relieved, or take as directed by your doctor. Do not take more than 5 capsules in a 12-hour period.For tension headaches, take every 4 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor. Do not take more than 8 capsules in a 24-hour period.This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time (longer than 2 weeks) or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as mental/mood changes, shaking, seizures) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.Though it is very unlikely to occur, this medication can also result in abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction/habit forming). Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or use it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed. This will lessen the chances of becoming addicted.This medication contains acetaminophen. Do not take more acetaminophen than recommended because this may increase your risk of developing liver problems. (See also Side Effects section.)Inform your doctor if you notice increased use of this medication, the medication not working as well, a worsening of headaches, an increase in the number of headaches, or use of this medication for more than 2 headache episodes a week. Your doctor may need to change your medication and/or add a separate medication to prevent the headaches.
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