What is Acetaminophen/codeine 300/30mg?
Acetaminophen/codeine 300/30mg is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Codeine is used to treat mild to moderately severe pain. Codeine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before taking Acetaminophen/codeine 300/30mg
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to it, or if you have: severe asthma or breathing problems;a blockage in your stomach or intestines; or frequent asthma attacks or hyperventilation.
In some people, codeine breaks down rapidly in the liver and reaches higher than normal levels in the body. This can cause dangerously slow breathing and may cause death, especially in a child. Do not give codeine to anyone younger than 18 years old.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver disease;
- breathing problems, sleep apnea;
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders;
- abnormal curvature of the spine that affects breathing;
- kidney disease;
- a head injury or brain tumor;
- low blood pressure;
- blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines);
- a gallbladder or pancreas disorder;
How should I take Acetaminophen/codeine 300/30mg?
Take Acetaminophen/codeine 300/30mg exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Codeine 30mg can slow or stop your breathing. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water daily to help prevent constipation while you are taking this medicine. Do not use a stool softener (laxative) without first asking your doctor.
Do not stop using codeine suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Acetaminophen/codeine 300/30mg Side Effect
Along with its needed effects, codeine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
- blurred vision
- cold, clammy skin
- darkened urine
- difficult or troubled breathing
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fainting and many more.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control centre right away. US residents can call their local poison control centre at +1 (267) 866-7876. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control centre.