Excedrin Extra Strength (acetaminophen / aspirin / caffeine) Disease Interactions
There are 15 disease interactions with Excedrin Extra Strength (acetaminophen / aspirin / caffeine):
- Liver Disease
- Gi Toxicity
- Renal Dysfunction
- Reye's Syndrome
- G-6-Pd Deficiency
Chronic alcohol abusers may be at increased risk of hepatotoxicity during treatment with acetaminophen (APAP). Severe liver injury, including cases of acute liver failure resulting in liver transplant and death, has been reported in patients using acetaminophen. Therapy with acetaminophen should be administered cautiously, if at all, in patients who consume three or more alcoholic drinks a day. In general, patients should avoid drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen-containing medications. Patients should be warned not to exceed the maximum recommended total daily dosage of acetaminophen (4 g/day in adults and children 12 years of age or older), and to read all prescription and over-the-counter medication labels to ensure they are not taking multiple acetaminophen-containing products, or check with a healthcare professional if they are unsure. They should also be advised to seek medical attention if they experience signs and symptoms of liver injury such as fever, rash, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, right upper quadrant pain, dark urine, and jaundice.
Acetaminophen is primarily metabolized in the liver to inactive forms. However, small quantities are converted by minor pathways to metabolites that can cause hepatotoxicity or methemoglobinemia. Patients with hepatic impairment may be at increased risk of toxicity due to increased minor metabolic pathway activity. Likewise, chronic or overuse of acetaminophen can saturate the primary hepatic enzymes and lead to increased metabolism by minor pathways. Severe liver injury, including cases of acute liver failure resulting in liver transplant and death, has been reported in patients using acetaminophen. Therapy with acetaminophen should be administered cautiously in patients with hepatic insufficiency. Clinical monitoring of hepatic function is recommended. Instruct patients to avoid drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen-containing medications. Patients should be warned not to exceed the maximum recommended total daily dosage of acetaminophen (4 g/day in adults and children 12 years of age or older), and to read all prescription and over-the-counter medication labels to ensure they are not taking multiple acetaminophen-containing products, or check with a healthcare professional if they are unsure.
The use of aspirin is contraindicated in patients with significant active bleeding or hemorrhagic disorders such as hemophilia, von Willebrand's disease, or telangiectasia. Aspirin interferes with coagulation by irreversibly inhibiting platelet aggregation and prolonging bleeding time. The non-aceylated salicylates (i.e. salicylate salts such as sodium or magnesium salicylate) do not demonstrate these effects and may be appropriate substitutions in these patients. However, all salicylates can interfere with the action of vitamin K and induce a dose-dependent alteration in hepatic synthesis of coagulation factors VII, IX and X. At usual recommended dosages, a slight increase in prothrombin time (PT) may occur. Therapy with salicylates, especially aspirin, should be administered with extreme caution in patients with hypoprothrombinemia, vitamin K deficiency, thrombocytopenia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, severe hepatic impairment, or anticoagulant use.
Methylxanthines are known to stimulate peptic acid secretion. Therapy with products containing methylxanthines should be administered with extreme caution in patients with active peptic ulcer disease. Some manufacturers consider their use to be contraindicated under such circumstance.
Approximately 10% of patients with asthma may have aspirin-sensitive asthma, characterized by nasal polyposis, pansinusitis, eosinophilia, and precipitation of asthma and rhinitis attacks after ingestion of aspirin. The use of aspirin in these patients has been associated with severe bronchospasm and fatal anaphylactoid reactions. Since cross-sensitivity has been noted between aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), therapy with any NSAID should be avoided in asthmatic patients with a history of aspirin or other NSAID sensitivity, and administered cautiously in all patients with preexisting asthma. Prior to initiating therapy with NSAIDs, patients should be questioned about previous allergic-type reactions to these agents. Salicylate salts, salsalate, salicylamide, and acetaminophen may be appropriate alternatives in patients with a history of NSAID-induced bronchospasm, since cross-sensitivity to these agents appears to be low. However, cross-sensitivity has been demonstrated occasionally with high dosages of these agents (e.g., acetaminophen >= 1000 mg), thus it may be appropriate to initiate therapy with low dosages and increase gradually. There is some evidence suggesting that COX-2 inhibitors may be safely used in patients with aspirin-sensitive asthma, although the labeling for these products contraindicate such use. If necessary, aspirin desensitization may also be attempted in some patients under medical surveillance.
Salicylates, particularly aspirin, can cause dose-related gastrointestinal bleeding and mucosal damage, which may occur independently of each other. Occult, often asymptomatic GI blood loss is quite common with usual dosages of aspirin and stems from the drug's local effect on the GI mucosa. During chronic therapy, this type of bleeding may occasionally produce iron deficiency anemia. In contrast, major upper GI bleeding rarely occurs except in patients with active peptic ulcers or recent GI bleeding. However, these patients generally do not experience greater occult blood loss than healthy patients following small doses of aspirin. Mucosal damage associated with the use of salicylates may lead to development of peptic ulcers with or without bleeding, reactivation of latent ulcers, and ulcer perforation. Therapy with salicylates and related agents such as salicylamide should be considered and administered cautiously in patients with a history of GI disease or alcoholism, particularly if they are elderly and/or debilitated, since such patients may be more susceptible to the GI toxicity of these drugs and seem to tolerate ulceration and bleeding less well than other individuals. Extreme caution and thorough assessment of risks and benefits are warranted in patients with active or recent GI bleeding or lesions. Whenever possible, especially if prolonged use is anticipated, treatment with non-ulcerogenic agents should be attempted first. If salicylates are used, close monitoring for toxicity is recommended. Some adverse GI effects may be minimized by administration with high dosages of antacids, use of enteric-coated or extended-release formulations, and/or concurrent use of a histamine H2-receptor antagonist or a cytoprotective agent such as misoprostol. Patients with active peptic ulceration or GI bleeding treated with salicylates should generally be administered a concomitant anti-ulcer regimen.
Salicylate and its metabolites are eliminated almost entirely by the kidney. Therapy with salicylate drugs should be administered cautiously in patients with renal impairment, especially if it is severe. Reduced dosages may be necessary to avoid drug accumulation. Clinical monitoring of renal function is recommended during prolonged therapy, since the use of salicylate drugs has rarely been associated with renal toxicities, including elevations in serum creatinine, renal papillary necrosis, and acute tubular necrosis with renal failure. Most of the data have been derived from experience with aspirin but may apply to other salicylates as well. In patients with impaired renal function, aspirin has caused reversible and sometimes marked decreases in renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate. Adverse renal effects have usually reversed rapidly following withdrawal of aspirin therapy.
The use of salicylates, primarily aspirin, in children with varicella infections or influenza-like illnesses has been associated with an increased risk of Reye's syndrome. Although a causal relationship has not been established, the majority of evidence to date seems to support the association. Most authorities, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, recommend avoiding the use of salicylates in children and teenagers with known or suspected varicella or influenza and during presumed outbreaks of influenza. If antipyretic or analgesic therapy is indicated under these circumstances, acetaminophen may be an appropriate alternative. The same precautions should also be observed with related agents such as salicylamide or diflunisal because of their structural and pharmacological similarities to salicylate.
Several oral acetaminophen and acetaminophen-combination products, particularly flavored chewable tablets, contain the artificial sweetener, aspartame (NutraSweet). Aspartame is converted to phenylalanine in the gastrointestinal tract following ingestion. Chewable and effervescent formulations of acetaminophen products may also contain phenylalanine. The aspartame/phenylalanine content should be considered when these products are used in patients who must restrict their intake of phenylalanine (i.e. phenylketonurics).
Like other methylxanthines, caffeine at high dosages may be associated with positive inotropic and chronotropic effects on the heart. Caffeine may also produce an increase in systemic vascular resistance, resulting in elevation of blood pressure. Therapy with products containing caffeine should be administered cautiously in patients with severe cardiac disease, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, or acute myocardial injury. Some clinicians recommend avoiding caffeine in patients with symptomatic cardiac arrhythmias and/or palpitations and during the first several days to weeks after an acute myocardial infarction.
Methylxanthines increase gastric acidity and may also relax lower esophageal sphincter, which can lead to gastric reflux into the esophagus. Therapy with products containing methylxanthines should be administered cautiously in patients with significant gastroesophageal reflux.
Occult, often asymptomatic GI blood loss occurs quite frequently with the use of normal dosages of aspirin and stems from the drug's local effect on the GI mucosa. During chronic therapy, this type of bleeding may occasionally produce iron deficiency anemia. Other salicylates reportedly cause little or no GI blood loss at usual dosages, but may do so at high dosages. Prolonged therapy with salicylates, particularly aspirin, should be administered cautiously in patients with or predisposed to anemia. Periodic monitoring of hematocrit is recommended. The same precautions should also be observed with the use of related agents such as salicylamide because of their structural and pharmacological similarities to salicylate.
Salicylate and its metabolites are readily removed by hemodialysis and, to a lesser extent, by peritoneal dialysis. Doses should either be scheduled for administration after dialysis or supplemental doses be given after dialysis.
Salicylates, particularly aspirin, may cause or aggravate hemolysis in patients with pyruvate kinase or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency. However, this effect has not been clearly established. Until more data are available, therapy with salicylates should be administered cautiously in patients with G-6-PD deficiency. The same precaution should also be observed with the use of related agents such as salicylamide because of their structural and pharmacological similarities to salicylate.
The use of salicylates has occasionally been associated with acute, reversible hepatotoxicity, primarily manifested as elevations of serum transaminases, alkaline phosphatase and/or, rarely, bilirubin. Hepatic injury consistent with chronic active hepatitis has also been reported in a few patients, which resulted rarely in encephalopathy or death. Salicylate-induced hepatotoxicity appears to be dependent on serum salicylate concentration (> 25 mg/dL) and has occurred most frequently in patients with juvenile arthritis, active systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatic fever, or preexisting hepatic impairment. Therapy with salicylates, particularly when given in high dosages, should be administered cautiously in these patients, and periodic monitoring of liver function is recommended. The same precautions should also be observed with the use of related agents such as salicylamide because of their structural and pharmacological similarities to salicylate. A dosage reduction may be necessary if liver function abnormalities develop and serum salicylate concentration exceeds 25 mg/dL, although serum transaminase elevations may sometimes be transient and return to pretreatment values despite continued therapy without dosage adjustment.
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Drug Interaction Classification
The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
|Major||Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderate||Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minor||Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
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