USES: This medication is a combination of an anti-inflammatory agent and an antihistamine used to relieve the pain and swelling (inflammation) of arthritis.
This medication is a combination of an anti-inflammatory agent and an antihistamine used to relieve the pain and swelling (inflammation) of arthritis.
- Do not share this medication with others.
- Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g.
- liver function tests) may be performed to monitor your progress.
- Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: Take this medication by mouth, generally 3 to 4 times daily with food or a full glass of milk (8oz.
- or 240 ml) as directed by your doctor.
- The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
- Heartburn, nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness and dry mouth may occur.
- If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
- Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: stomach pain, black stools, vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, unusually fast or slow heartbeat, blurred vision or a change in amount of urine.
- An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
- To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water or use a saliva substitute.
- If you notice other side effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of kidney, liver, or heart disease, bleeding disorders, stomach/intestinal ulcers, high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma (narrow angle), asthma or any allergies (especially to aspirin or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen).
- This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
- Limit alcoholic beverages.
- This medicine may cause stomach bleeding.
- Daily use of alcohol and this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.
- Inform your dentist or doctor that you are using this medication, especially before surgery.
- Caution is advised when prescribing or using this drug in the elderly since they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug.
- This medicine contains a drug similar to aspirin.
- Children and teenagers should not take this medication if they have chickenpox, influenza or any undiagnosed illness without first consulting a doctor about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
- This medication should be used only when clearly needed during the first six months of pregnancy; it is not recommended for use during the last three months of pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this drug.
- This medication passes into breast milk.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially probenecid, sulfinpyrazone, phenylbutazone; "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin, heparin); aspirin and other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen); acetazolamide; diabetes drugs (e.g., sulfonylureas such as chlorpropamide, tolbutamide); methotrexate and drugs causing drowsiness, such as medicine for sleep, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs; narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine); psychiatric medicines; anti-seizure drugs (e.g.
- phenytoin); muscle relaxants and antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine).
- Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products or pain relievers/fever reducers) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients, or aspirin-like NSAIDs.
- Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.
- This drug may interfere with certain laboratory tests, including certain urine sugar tests for diabetics (such as Clinistix, Tes-Tape or Clinitest).
- Inform laboratory personnel that you are taking this drug.
- Ask your pharmacist for more details.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.