What is Coricidin
is a pain reliever and a fever reducer.
is an antihistamine. It blocks the effects of the naturally
occurring chemical histamine in the body. Chlorpheniramine
prevents sneezing; itchy, watery eyes and nose; and other
symptoms of allergies and hay fever.
is used to treat aches and pains, headache, fever, and congestion
associated with the flu, colds, allergies, and hay fever.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about
Coricidin Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or
performing other hazardous activities. Coricidin may cause
dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or
drowsiness, avoid these activities.
Use alcohol cautiously.
Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking
Coricidin. Alcohol may also cause damage to the liver when
taken with acetaminophen.
Who should not take Coricidin Do not take Coricidin without first talking to your
doctor if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages
per day or if you have had alcoholic liver disease. You
may not be able to take acetaminophen.
Do not take
Coricidin if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor
(MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil),
or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A serious
drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease;
- liver disease;
urinating because of an enlarged prostate, a constricted
bladder neck, or any other reason;
- a stomach ulcer;
- high blood pressure or any type of heart disease;
- an overactive thyroid.
You may not be
able to take Coricidin, or you may require a dosage adjustment
or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of
the conditions listed above.
It is not known whether
Coricidin will harm an unborn baby. Do not take Coricidin
without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
This medication passes into breast milk and can harm
a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without first
talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you are over 60 years of age, you may be more
likely to experience side effects from Coricidin.
Read the package label for directions or consult your doctor
or pharmacist before treating a child with this medication.
Children are more susceptible than adults to the effects
of medicines and may have unusual reactions.
How should take Coricidin Take Coricidin exactly as directed by your doctor
or follow the package label. If you do not understand these
directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain
them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of
Never take more of this medication than is
directed. The maximum amount of acetaminophen for adults
is 1 gram (1000 mg) per dose and 4 grams (4000 mg) per day.
Taking more acetaminophen could cause damage to your liver.
If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day,
talk to your doctor before taking Coricidin and never take
more than 2 grams (2000 mg) per day.
doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 10 days (or
5 days for children under 12 years of age) or if they get
worse. Do not use this product to treat a fever for more
than 3 days.
Store Coricidin at room temperature
away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed
dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do
not take a double dose of this medication.
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention.
of an Coricidin overdose may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
abdominal pain, sweating, seizure, confusion, sedation,
insomnia, tremor, hallucinations, and an irregular heartbeat.
Avoid while taking Coricidin Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or
performing other hazardous activities. Coricidin may cause
dizziness. If you experience dizziness, avoid these activities.
Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness
and dizziness while taking Coricidin. Alcohol may also cause
damage to your liver when taken with acetaminophen.
Coricidin may increase the effects of other drugs that cause
drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, other antihistamines,
pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and
muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness
may occur if Coricidin is taken with any of these medications.
Possible side effects of Coricidin If you experience any of the following serious side
effects, stop taking Coricidin and seek emergency medical
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing;
closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or
face; or hives);
- liver damage (yellowing of the
skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual
bleeding or bruising, or severe fatigue);
problems (easy or unusual bleeding or bruising); or
low blood sugar (fatigue, increased hunger or thirst, dizziness,
Other, less serious side effects may
be more likely to occur including:
- dryness of the
eyes, nose, and mouth;
- drowsiness or dizziness;
- blurred vision;
- difficulty urinating;
- excitation in children.
other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your
doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that
is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Coricidin Do not take Coricidin if you have taken a monoamine
oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan),
phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the
last 14 days. A very serious drug interaction could occur,
leading to serious side effects.
Urine glucose tests
for diabetics may produce false results while you are taking
acetaminophen. Talk to your doctor if you have diabetes
and you notice changes in your glucose levels during therapy
Do not take other over-the-counter
cough, cold, allergy, diet, pain, or sleep medications while
taking Coricidin without first talking to your pharmacist
or doctor. Other medications may also contain acetaminophen,
chlorpheniramine, or other similar drugs, and you may accidentally
take too much of these medicines.
Coricidin may increase
the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including
antidepressants, alcohol, other antihistamines, pain relievers,
anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants.
Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if
Coricidin is taken with any of these medications.
other than those listed here may also interact with Coricidin.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines.