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|Alka-Seltzer® Plus Cold and Flu
Liqui-Gels®[OTC]; Infants' Tylenol® Cold Plus Cough Concentrated
Drops [OTC]; Sudafed® Severe Cold [OTC]; Thera-Flu® Non-Drowsy Formula Maximum Strength
[OTC]; Tylenol® Cold Non-Drowsy [OTC]; Tylenol® Flu Non-Drowsy Maximum Strength
|What is this medicine used for?|
- Acetaminophen is used to decrease pain.
- Dextromethorphan is used to stop the cough.
- Pseudoephedrine is used to dry up nasal
|How does it work?|
- Acetaminophen decreases the production of chemicals called
prostaglandins. This decreases pain.
- Dextromethorphan suppresses the cough center in the brain.
- Pseudoephedrine shrinks swollen nasal tissue and opens up passages.
Sinus drainage is increased by
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if medicine causes an upset
- Make sure you are drinking enough liquids unless told to drink less by
healthcare provider. Avoid products with
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- This medicine may also be taken on an as needed basis depending on
relief of symptoms, duration of cold, or
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Limit caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate intake.
Use with this medicine may cause nervousness, shakiness, rapid heartbeats, and
- Pseudoephedrine can cause inability to sleep or nervousness.
- Not for coughs due to smoking, asthma, or chronic obstructive
- Use caution if you have high blood pressure. Talk with healthcare
- Tell healthcare provider if you are a heavy drinker. This medicine
mixed with alcohol can cause liver damage.
- Do not use over-the-counter products that increase blood pressure.
These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like
products, and certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Inability to sleep.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for change in symptoms. Is condition better, worse, or about the
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- If cough continues for more than 1 week or tends to return.
- Severe headache.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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