Generic Name: ACETAMINOPHEN and PROPOXYPHENE.
Pronunciation: (a set a mee' noe fen) (proe pox i feen)
Trade Name(s): Centrivon, Corbutyl, Dexovan, Parvon, Parvon-N, Proxyvon, Sudinol, Walageric, and Wygesic
Why it is prescribed: Acetaminophen is a non-opiate, non-salicylate analgesic and antipyretic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of propoxyphene. Propoxyphene (related to codeine) is in a class of drugs called narcotic analgesics. It works by changing the way your body feels pain. Together, acetaminophen and propoxyphene are used to relieve pain. Acetaminophen and propoxyphene may also be used for other purposes.
When it is to be taken: This medication is usually taken every four hours. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully.
How it should be taken: This medication comes in the form of tablets foil.
Special Instruction: 1.This medication may cause drowsiness. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery.
2.Propoxyphene can be habit-forming. Do not take this medication more often or for a longer duration of time.
3.Do not take more than the prescribed amount at each dose.
4.Do not smoke while taking this medication. Smoking can decrease its effectiveness.
Side Effects: Side effects from acetaminophen with propoxyphene are not common. The side effects that are seen rarely are drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.
Other Precautions: 1. Do not increase your dosage without consulting your doctor.
2. Symptoms of propoxyphene overdose include weakness, difficulty in breathing and confusion. Some patients may become unconscious.
3. Do not take sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, sleeping pills or any other pain relievers.
4. An overdose of acetaminophen can be harmful. Alcoholic beverages can cause additional drowsiness.
5. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.
Storage Conditions: Keep this medication in the container it came in and keep it out of reach of children.