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Acetaminophen and Codeine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Sep 20, 2013
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Information about Acetaminophen and Codeine

Generic Name : Acetaminophen and Codeine
Pronunciation : (a set a mee' noe fen) (koe' deen)
Latest prescription information about Acetaminophen and Codeine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y45.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Analgesics
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Acetaminophen and Codeine

India : 

International : 

Capital, Codix, Empracet, Papa-deine, Phenaphen, Prova, Pyregesic-C
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Why is Acetaminophen and Codeine Prescribed? (Indications)

Acetaminophen and codeine is a combination of non-opiate and opioid (opium-like sleep inducing) analgesics used to treat patients with fever, headache and helps to suppress the cough symptoms by acting on the cough center in the brain. 

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When should Acetaminophen and Codeine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Acetaminophen and Codeine?

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

How should Acetaminophen and Codeine be taken?

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

What are the warnings and precautions for Acetaminophen and Codeine?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Acetaminophen and Codeine?

   Most Common : Drowsiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, slow heartbeat, sedation, shortness of breath, unusual thoughts or behavior, nausea, vomiting, flushing, vision changes, easy bruising or bleeding, stomach pain, loss of appetite, constipation, itching, decrease in platelets in blood, dark urine, clay-colored stools and difficulty in urinating.

What are the other precautions for Acetaminophen and Codeine?

Avoid excess dosage it causes (possibly fatal) liver damage.
It may cause severe allergic reactions; if it so consult with your doctor.

What are the storage conditions for Acetaminophen and Codeine?

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

Last Updated : Jul 2018



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aki, Russian Federation

HI I am going visit Bulgaria and I want to know if codeine needs prescription? Thank you in advance

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