How to Take Acetaminophen and Codeine and Dose of Acetaminophen and Codeine


Find out how to take Acetaminophen and Codeine (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Acetaminophen and Codeine


How it should be taken  

It comes as a tablet,capsule and liquid to take by mouth, with food.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

Adult: PO- Per tab contains paracetamol 500 mg and codeine phosphate 8 mg: 1-2 tabs 4-6 hourly. Max: 4-doses/24 hr.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Hypersensitivity.

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This combination medication contains nonopiate, non-salicylate analgesic, antipyretic and opium alkaloid, prescribed for mild to moderately severe pain, fever and cough. 

Pregnancy Category

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Warnings and Precautions  

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of allergy to narcotic pain medication, or to sulfites, depression, respiratory problems, diarrhea, irregular heart rate, low blood pressure, asthma, epilepsy, thyroid disease, liver or kidney impairment, during pregnancy, alcohol dependency and breastfeeding.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may lead to restlessness and irritability.
It may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery, and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.

Storage Conditions  

Store tablets and solutions at room temperature (15-30C). Keep this medication out of reach of children.

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