What is Contac® cold – flu used for?
Decongestants help relieve stuffy nose, sinus, and ear congestion symptoms.
How should I take Contac® cold – flu?
Take this medication by mouth with or without food or as directed by your doctor.
If stomach upset occurs, it may help to take this medication with food or milk.
Drink plenty of fluids when you use this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The fluid will help loosen the mucus in your lungs.
How do I store Contac® cold – flu?
Contac® cold – flu is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Contac® cold – flu in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Contac® cold – flu that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Contac® cold – flu down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Contac® cold – flu?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Contac® cold – flu or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.
Liver warning: This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take:
- More than 8 caplets in 24 hours, which is the maximum daily amount.
- With other drugs containing acetaminophen.
- 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product.
Sore throat warning: If sore throat persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, nausea or vomiting, ask a doctor promptly.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Contac® cold – flu during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Contac® cold – flu. Contac® cold – flu is pregnancy risk category N, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Contac® cold – flu?
Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, upset stomach, nausea, nervousness, or dry mouth/nose/throat may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Contac® cold – flu?
Contac® cold – flu may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Contac® cold – flu?
Contac® cold – flu may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Contac® cold – flu?
Contac® cold – flu may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Contac® cold – flu.
What is the dose of Contac® cold – flu for an adult?
The recommended dose is 2 tablets orally every 4 to 6 hours. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.
What is the dose of Contac® cold – flu for a child?
12 years old or older: The recommended dose is 2 tablets orally every 4 to 6 hours. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.
2 to 3 years: The recommended dose is 160 mg/dose.
4 to 5 years: The recommended dose is 240 mg/dose.
6 to 8 years: The recommended dose is 320 mg/dose.
9 to 10 years: The recommended dose is 400 mg/dose.
11 to 12 years: The recommended dose is 480 mg/dose.
13 years or older: The recommended dose is 325 to 650 mg/dose.
Maximum dose is 5 doses/day.
How is Contac® cold – flu available?
Contac® cold – flu is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Tablets phenylephrine 5mg /acetaminophen 500mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Contac® cold – flu, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: June 24, 2017 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019
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