Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual

Generic Name: acetaminophen/caffeine/pyrilamine (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen /KAF-een/pir-IL-a-meen)
Brand Name: Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual

Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual is used for:

Relieving symptoms of menstrual periods such as minor cramps, headache, bloating, backache, muscle aches, and fatigue. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual is an analgesic and diuretic combination. It works by raising the pain threshold and by decreasing water-weight gain caused by menstrual periods.

Do NOT use Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual:

Some medical conditions may interact with Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of alcohol abuse or you drink 3 or more alcohol-containing drinks every day
  • if you have anxiety; asthma or other breathing problems (eg, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], emphysema, sleep apnea); a blockage of your stomach, bladder, or intestines; blood vessel problems; enlarged prostate or other prostate problems; glaucoma or increased eye pressure; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney problems; liver problems (eg, hepatitis); an overactive thyroid; seizures; trouble sleeping; or trouble urinating

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any of the following medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding may be increased
  • Isoniazid or quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin) because they may increase the risk of Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual's side effects
  • Sodium oxybate (GHB) or theophyllines (eg, aminophylline) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual:

Use Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual by mouth with or without food.
  • Take Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
  • If you miss a dose of Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual.

Important safety information:

  • Drowsiness may occur while you take Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual contains acetaminophen, caffeine, and pyrilamine. Do not take additional acetaminophen for pain or fever without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about which medicines contain acetaminophen, caffeine, and pyrilamine.
  • Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual may harm your liver. Your risk may be greater if you drink alcohol while you are using Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual. Talk to your doctor before you take Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual or other fever reducers if you drink more than 3 drinks with alcohol per day.
  • A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
  • Avoid large amounts of food or drink that have caffeine (eg, chocolate, cocoa, cola, coffee, tea). This includes any medicines that contain caffeine.
  • Check with your doctor if you have pain that does not get better within 10 days or gets worse, have redness or swelling, or if new symptoms develop.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual may cause the results of some in-home test kits for blood cholesterol to be wrong. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual and need to check your blood cholesterol at home.
  • Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual while you are pregnant. Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark urine or pale stools; fast heartbeat; nervousness or irritability; unusual tiredness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include dark urine; excessive sweating; extreme fatigue; irregular heartbeat; low blood pressure; stomach pain; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Proper storage of Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual:

Store Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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