Generic Name: Tylenol Cold & Cough (Cough Suppressants) Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Tylenol® cold & cough used for?

Tylenol® cold & cough is commonly used for the treatment of headache, fever, body aches, cough, runny nose, sneezing, itching, and watery eyes caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu.

This medicine will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.

How should I take Tylenol® cold & cough?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. This medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

Do not take more of this medication than recommended. An acetaminophen overdose can damage your liver or cause death.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

Do not take for longer than 7 days in a row. Stop taking the medicine and call your doctor if you still have a fever after 3 days of use, you still have pain after 7 days (or 5 days if treating a child), if your symptoms get worse, or if you have a skin rash, ongoing headache, or any redness or swelling.

How do I store Tylenol® cold & cough?

Tylenol® cold & cough is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Tylenol® cold & cough in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Tylenol® cold & cough 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 Tylenol® cold & cough 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 Tylenol® cold & cough?

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 Tylenol® cold & cough or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while you are taking acetaminophen, and can increase certain side effects of chlorpheniramine.

This medicine may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Tylenol® cold & cough during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Tylenol® cold & cough. Tylenol® cold & cough 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
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Tylenol® cold & cough?

Common side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Mild headache
  • Dry mouth, nose, or throat
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Fast, slow, or uneven heart rate
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid pulse, feeling like you might pass out
  • Severe dizziness or anxiety
  • Mood changes
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Little or no urinating
  • Nausea
  • Pain in your upper stomach
  • Itching, loss of appetite
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes)
  • Dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, seizure)

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.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Tylenol® cold & cough?

Tylenol® cold & cough 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 Tylenol® cold & cough?

Tylenol® cold & cough 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 Tylenol® cold & cough?

Tylenol® cold & cough 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.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Tylenol® cold & cough.

What is the dose of Tylenol® cold & cough for an adult?

Day time tablets (without chlorpheniramine): 2 tablets every 6 hours during waking hours as needed.

Night time tablets: 2 tablets every 6 hours during sleeping hours as needed.

Not to exceed a total of 8 tablets/day of day and night tablets combined.

What is the dose of Tylenol® cold & cough for a child?

12 years and older: Day time tablets (without chlorpheniramine): 2 tablets every 6 hours during waking hours as needed.

Night time tablets: 2 tablets every 6 hours during sleeping hours as needed.

Not to exceed a total of 8 tablets/day of day and night tablets combined.

Children under 12 years: consult with doctor.

How is Tylenol® cold & cough available?

Tylenol® cold & cough is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 325 mg / 2 mg / 15 mg / 30 mg

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 Tylenol® cold & cough, 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.

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Review Date: June 24, 2017 | Last Modified: June 24, 2017

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