GENERIC NAME: ACETAMINOPHEN/CODEINE - ORAL (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen/KOE-deen)
BRAND NAME(S): Tylenol-Codeine No.3, Tylenol-Codeine No.4, Vopac
USES: This medication is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. This product is a combination of acetaminophen and the narcotic drug codeine. Codeine acts on certain centers in the brain to reduce pain.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to suppress a cough.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, as directed by your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, you may take this drug with food, although doing so may decrease its effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about alternatives for decreasing nausea (e.g., antihistamines, lying down for 1-2 hours with minimal head movement).If you are taking the suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose. If you are using a liquid form of this medication, use a medication measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. If you are extremely drowsy after using this medication, consult your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Your dosage may need to be lowered. Pain medications work best in relieving pain before it becomes severe. Once the pain becomes intense, the medication is not as effective in relieving it.Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming. Also, if used for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop using this drug without your doctor's approval.When used for an extended period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.Children - Your child's dose of this medication is based on weight.This medication contains acetaminophen. Do not take more acetaminophen than recommended (see Side Effects section).
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