Dexbrompheniramine/ acetaminophen caplets
Generic Name: dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen (DEX-brome-fen-IR-a-meen/a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen)
Brand Name: Dologen
Dexbrompheniramine/ acetaminophen caplets are used for:
Relieving minor aches and pains due to headache, muscle aches, backache, arthritis, and the common cold. It is also used to relieve symptoms of runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose or throat, and itchy or watery eyes due to hay fever or upper respiratory allergies. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets are an antihistamine and analgesic combination. The antihistamine works by blocking the action of histamine, which helps reduce symptoms such as watery eyes and sneezing. The analgesic works in certain areas of the brain and nervous system to decrease pain.
Do NOT use dexbrompheniramine/ acetaminophen caplets if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets
- you are taking another medicine (prescription or nonprescription) that contains acetaminophen
- you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using dexbrompheniramine/ acetaminophen caplets:
Some medical conditions may interact with dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist 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 heart problems (eg, cor pulmonale; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; heart disease), high blood pressure, diabetes, blood vessel problems, stroke, glaucoma or increased pressure in the eye, seizures, liver problems (eg, hepatitis), kidney problems, stomach or bowel ulcers, or thyroid problems
- if you have a history of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other lung or breathing problems (eg, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, sleep apnea), or chronic cough
- if you have a blockage of your bladder, stomach, or bowels; trouble sleeping; trouble urinating; an enlarged prostate or other prostate problems; or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
- if you drink alcohol or have a history of alcohol abuse
Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding may be increased
- Sodium oxybate (GHB) because it may increase the risk of dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets's side effects
- Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets
- Medicines that may harm the liver (eg, methotrexate, ketoconazole, isoniazid, certain medicines for HIV infection) because the risk of liver side effects may be increased. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might harm the liver
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets 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 dexbrompheniramine/ acetaminophen caplets:
Use dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- If you miss a dose of dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets 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 dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets.
Important safety information:
- Dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets.
- Check with your doctor before you use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets; 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.
- If your symptoms do not improve within 7 days; if they are accompanied by fever, redness, or swelling; if they become worse; or if new symptoms occur, check with your doctor.
- Do NOT use for more than 10 days for pain or for more than 3 days for fever, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets contains acetaminophen and dexbrompheniramine. Before you begin taking any new medicine, either prescription or nonprescription, check the label to see if it has any of these medicines in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets may harm your liver. Your risk may be greater if you drink alcohol while you are taking dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets. Talk to your doctor before you take dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets or other fever reducers if you drink alcohol.
- 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.
- Contact your doctor right away if you take more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen per day, even if you feel well.
- Dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets for a few days before the tests.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Use dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; 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 taking dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets.
Possible side effects of dexbrompheniramine/ acetaminophen caplets:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Anxiety; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, nose, or throat; excitability; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; trouble sleeping; upset stomach; vomiting; weakness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision or other vision changes; confusion; difficulty urinating or inability to urinate; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, nervousness); seizures; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, light-headedness, or headache; severe or persistent trouble sleeping; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, pale stools, persistent loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes); tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness.
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 blurred vision; confusion; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, drowsiness, light-headedness, or headache; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, pale stools, persistent loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes); tremors; unusually fast, slow, or irregular breathing; unusually fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; vomiting.Proper storage of dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets:
Store dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets are 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 dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets 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 dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets. 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 dexbrompheniramine/acetaminophen caplets.
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.