Apacet Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Apacet is an antipyretic and analgesic medicine primarily used to reduce fever and to relieve minor aches and pain associated with common cold, flu, toothaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other conditions. Main ingredient in Apacet is Acetaminophen. Apacet is most commonly used by people who are sensitive or allergic to aspirin. Although, it is not effective against inflammation, compared to Aspirin or Ibuprofen it is well tolerated by most people, including children and has few side effects.
Apacet Side Effects
Apacet rarely causes side effects as long as it is taken as directed. However, prolonged or habitual use may lead to liver damage or failure. Rare side effects of Apacet include hives, rash, short breath. If you experience any side effects, stop taking the medicine and report it to your health care provider right away.
Apacet Side Effects Reporting
If you experience any Apacet side effects not mentioned above you should report it to your primary health care provider or FDA 1-800-FDA-1088 in the United States, Health Canada 1-866-225-0709 in Canada, MHRA 020 3080 6000 in UK, or TGA 1800 020 653 in Australia.
People with known liver problem or condition should not take Apacet.
Every year more than 800,000 people in the United States alone, die from the so-called “Tylenol poisoning” (Tylenol is a brand name of Acetaminophen), which is caused by taking more than recommended doses of Apacet or by habitual or long term use.
Do not take Apacet if fever lasts for more than 3days and if pain gets worse or lasts for more than 10 days, unless advised by your physician.
Apacet and Pregnancy
As with any medicine, if you are pregnant or nursing, check with your physician before taking Apacet.
Consult with your physician before combining Apacet with any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen), blood thinners like warfarin, and oral contraceptives.
Alcohol can increase the likelihood of liver toxicity.
Let your doctor know if you are taking any herbs as some may interfere with its effectiveness.
High doses of Vitamin C (1000-3000mg/day) may increase the level of Apacet in the body.
It is best that Apacet taken with food or milk.
CHILDREN INCLUDING INFANTS
Doses of Apacet may be repeated every 4 hours, not to exceed 5 times a day.
Liquid form (special cup is provided)
4-11 months: ½ teaspoon
12-23 months: ¾ teaspoon
2-3 years: 1 teaspoon
4-5 years: 1½ teaspoons
6-8 years: 4 tablets (2 teaspoons)
9-10 years: 5 tablets (2½ teaspoons)
11-12 years: 6 tablets (3 teaspoons)
12 and older: Adult dose
700-1000mg every 6 hours up to 4 times a day (max. 4000mg/day).
Symptoms of Apacet overdose may include excessive sweating, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.
In case of Apacet overdose, seek medical attention right away.