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After took panadol (acetaminophen) cold and flu (paracetamol, phenylephrine hydrochloride), can I take actifed afterwards (triprolidine hydrochloride, pseudoephedrine?

After took panadol (acetaminophen) cold and flu (paracetamol, phenylephrine hydrochloride), can I take actifed afterwards (triprolidine hydrochloride, pseudoephedrine?

No: You shouldn't use both at the same time. If you want to switch from one to the other, wait until it is time for your next dose of the panadol, (acetaminophen) but then take the actifed instead. They are different medicines, but act in almost exactly the same fashion, so taking them together will result in too high a dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Maxime Cannesson
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Phenylephrine (Definition)

Phenylephrine hydrochloride is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Why doesn't a decongestant restore my sense of smell with a bad cold?

Why doesn't a decongestant restore my sense of smell with a bad cold?

AURI: Decongestants dry secretions from your nose when you have colds but it takes a few days before restoring your sense of smell because auri last a few days. ...Read more

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Will Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 with Codeine show up on a drug if I haven't taken it in 3 days ?

Will Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 with Codeine show up on a drug if I haven't taken it in 3 days ?

Probably not: Opiates typically clear from a urine drug screen in 2 days. But if you are a slow metabolizer, or are on other medications that inhibit metabolization, it may last a few days longer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the name of some injectable pain killers that don't contain morphine or codeine?

Can you tell me which are the name of some injectable pain killers that don't contain morphine or codeine?

Toradol: Toradol is an injectable pain medication that works great for most types of pain. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid), and as such is not addictive, nor does it impair functioning. It is a great alternative to narcotic pain relievers. ...Read more

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If i don't take the paracetamol and take only the codeine. Will it still be an effective painkiller on it's own?

If i don't take the paracetamol and take only the codeine. Will it still be an effective painkiller on it's own?

Possibly: Many pain meds are combined with paracetamol to help boost their effectiveness. Now there is a big push from the fda to limit the amount of paracetamol in these combination medications to reduce the chances for accidental overdose since there is paracetamol in so many other combination meds. You can safely take 3000mg of paracetamol per day. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 3 cocodamols at once? 30mg codeine 500mg paracetamol. 2 isn't providing effective pain relief. Thanks!

Is it safe to take 3 cocodamols at once? 30mg codeine 500mg paracetamol. 2 isn't providing effective pain relief. Thanks!

Pain relief: Taking narcotic medication in doses greater than prescribed is unadvisable for several reasons. It may be dangerous leading to increased side effects or overdose. Many states require frequent drug tests when on a narcotic and overtaking may lead to failure and they also require discharge for these reasons. See your Dr for a med change if ineffective. ...Read more

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I took Imatrex about an hour ago, and there has been NO change in my migraine. Can I take my codeine if this doesn't go away?

I took Imatrex about an hour ago, and there has been NO change in my migraine. Can I take my codeine if this doesn't go away?

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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Why shouldn't codeine be given to someone who is hypothyroid ?

Why shouldn't codeine be given to someone who is hypothyroid ?

Use with caution: Use of narcotics (opioid class of medication) such as codeine can increase risk of respiratory and CNS depression, and may worsen effects of hypothyroidism such as lethargy, impaired mentation, depression and constipation. Dosing of opioids should be reduced and used with caution to patients with hypothyroidism ...Read more

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Are there any prescription decongestants? Don't do well tolerating pseudofed.

Are there any prescription decongestants? Don't do well tolerating pseudofed.

Decongestants: Many over the counter medications contain phenylephrine instead of pseudoephedrine. You can try this instead to see if you tolerate it any better. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Actifed (Definition)

Actifed is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Pseudoephedrine And Triprolidine (Definition)

Pseudoephedrine|triprolidine is an antihistamine which is ...Read more