Tylenol NO. 1
acetaminophen - codeine - caffeine
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02181061 ||TYLENOL NO.1 CAPLETS|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This combination product contains three medications: acetaminophen, codeine, and caffeine.
Acetaminophen belongs to the group of medications called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers).
Codeine belongs to the group of medications called narcotic analgesics.
Caffeine belongs to the group of medications called stimulants.
This combination of medications is used to treat mild-to-moderate pain associated with conditions such as headache, dental pain, muscle pain, painful menstruation, pain following an accident, and pain following operations.
This medication may be 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 or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. 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.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose for people older than 12 years of age is 1 tablet taken every 4 to 6 hours as required. If 1 tablet is not effective, take 2 tablets at the next dose time. The dose should be adjusted according to the amount of pain experienced. The maximum dose of this medication is 12 tablets in 24 hours. Taking more than 12 tablets in a 24 hour period may cause severe liver damage, and could be fatal.
Many things can affect the dose of a 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.
Acetaminophen should not be taken to relieve pain for more than 5 days or to relieve a fever for more than 3 days, unless directed by a doctor.
It is important to take this medication 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 reach of children.
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 hard, white, capsule-shaped tablet, imprinted with stylized "M" and "McNEIL" on one face and "No. 1" on the other, contains acetaminophen 300 mg, caffeine 15 mg, and codeine phosphate 8 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cellulose, cornstarch, magnesium stearate, and sodium starch glycolate. This medication does not contain gluten, lactose, sodium metabisulfite, or tartrazine.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to to acetaminophen, caffeine, codeine, or any ingredients of the medication
- are overdosed on or intoxicated by alcohol, hypnotics, analgesics, or psychotropic medications
- are 12 years of age or younger
- are experiencing acute asthma or other obstructive airway disease
- are experiencing acute respiratory depression
- have a blockage of the gastrointestinal tract, particularly paralytic ileus
- have a head injury, a brain tumour, or increased pressure inside the head or spinal cord
- have a convulsive (seizure) disorder
- have suspected abdominal conditions that may require surgery
- are pregnant or breast-feeding, in labour, or delivering