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P-A-C

Generic Name: Aspirin and Caffeine Tablets (AS pir in & cah FEEN)
Brand Name: Back & Body Extra Strength, Bayer Back & Body Pain Extra Strength, Cope, CVS Back & Body, P-A-C

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Uses of P-A-C:

  • It is used to ease pain.
  • It is used to treat arthritis.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take P-A-C?

For all patients taking P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets):

  • If you have an allergy to aspirin, caffeine or any other part of P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Asthma, bleeding problems, nose polyps, or rhinitis.
  • If you have a stomach or bowel ulcer.
  • If you are taking another drug that has the same drug in it.
  • If you are taking any other NSAID.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) if you are in the third trimester of pregnancy. You may also need to avoid P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) at other times during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor to see when you need to avoid taking P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) during pregnancy.

Children:

  • If your child is younger than 12 years of age. Do not give P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) to a child younger than 12 years of age.
  • If your child has or is getting better from flu signs, chickenpox, or other viral infections.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take P-A-C?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you are told may raise your chance of very bad side effects.
  • Do not take P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
  • If you smoke, talk with your doctor.
  • Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
  • This medicine may raise the chance of very bad and sometimes deadly stomach or bowel side effects like ulcers or bleeding. The risk is greater in older people. The risk is also greater in people who have had stomach or bowel ulcers or bleeding before. These problems may occur without warning signs. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are taking aspirin to help prevent a heart attack, talk with your doctor.
  • If you are over the age of 60, use P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Do not give to children and teenagers who have or are getting better from flu signs, chickenpox, or other viral infections due to the chance of Reye's syndrome. Reye's syndrome causes very bad problems to the brain and liver.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (P-A-C) best taken?

Use P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Take with a full glass of water.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets) is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.
  • Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • Very nervous and excitable.

What are some other side effects of P-A-C?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Belly pain or heartburn.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out P-A-C?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about P-A-C (aspirin and caffeine tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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