ASA - caffeine - codeine
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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This combination product contains three medications: acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), codeine, and caffeine.
ASA belongs to the group of medications called analgesics (pain relievers), anti-inflammatories, and antipyretics (fever reducers).
Codeine belongs to the group of medications called narcotic analgesics.
Caffeine belongs to the group of medications called stimulants.
ASA - caffeine - codeine is used for the relief of mild-to-moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. It may be used to treat conditions such as headaches, pain due to cold symptoms, toothache, pain of menstrual cramps, arthritis pain, and the pain caused by muscle strains and sprains.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose varies according to need, but it is usually 1 or 2 tablets taken one to three times daily (every 4 to 8 hours) as required. No more than 4 g of ASA (10 tablets) should be taken in any 24-hour period.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
This medication may be habit-forming if taken for long periods of time. It has the potential for being abused and should be taken only as needed for pain unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If your doctor has told you to take this medication on a regular basis and you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white tablet, engraved 222, contains ASA 375 mg, caffeine 15 mg (equivalent to 30 mg caffeine citrate) and codeine phosphate 8 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, disodium edetate, ethylcellulose, hydrogenated vegetable oil, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, and sodium lauryl sulfate.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic or sensitive to ASA, codeine, caffeine, or any of the ingredients of the medication
- are in the last three months of pregnancy or are nursing
- are receiving blood thinners such as warfarin
- are 12 years of age or younger
- have a history of blood clotting problems
- have a history of breathing problems after taking ASA or other anti-inflammatory medications
- have an allergy or sensitivity to other anti-inflammatory medications
- have pre-existing respiratory depression
- have severe anemia
- have stomach ulcers or duodenal ulcers