Sudafed PE Cold and Cough

Generic Name: Acetaminophen

  • What is this medication?

    Sudafed PE Cold and Cough contains a pain reliever/fever reducer, a cough suppressant, an expectorant, and a nasal decongestant. It is intended to provide temporarily relief of nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, headache, and minor aches and pains due to the common cold. It is also intended to temporarily reduce fever and to help loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to drain bronchial tubes and help make coughs more productive.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Sudafed PE Cold and Cough?

    This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take more than 12 caplets in 24 hours; if you take this product with any other drugs containing acetaminophen; or if you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product.

    Do not use this product if you are taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. MAOIs are sometimes used for treating Parkinson's disease, depression, and other emotional or psychiatric conditions.

    Do not use this product if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it or to any of its ingredients.

    If you have a sore throat that is severe, persists for more than 2 days, or is accompanied or followed by a fever, vomiting, nausea, headache, or a rash, consult a doctor promptly.

    When using this product, do not exceed the recommended dose.

    Stop using this product and talk to a doctor if nervousness, sleeplessness, or dizziness occur; your pain, cough, or nasal congestion gets worse or lasts more than 7 days; your fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days; redness or swelling is present; new symptoms occur; or your cough comes back or occurs with a lasting rash or headache. These could be signs of a serious condition.

    Do not use this adult product for children under the age of 12. This will provide more than the recommended dose (overdose) and may cause liver damage.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. In the event of an overdose, obtain medical help or contact a poison control center immediately. Quick medical attention is critical even if you do not notice any signs or symptoms.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Sudafed PE Cold and Cough?

    Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are not sure if a medication you are taking contains acetaminophen.

    Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you do not know whether a prescription drug you are taking contains an MAOI.

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you have liver disease, heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland, a cough that occurs with too much phlegm (mucus), or a persistent or chronic cough that occurs with emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, or smoking.

    Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are taking the blood-thinning drug warfarin.

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of Sudafed PE Cold and Cough?

    Severe liver damage may occur if you take more than 12 caplets in a 24-hour period, take this product with any other drugs containing acetaminophen, or have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product.

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

  • What should I avoid while taking Sudafed PE Cold and Cough?

    Do not take this product with any other drug containing acetaminophen, either prescription or over-the-counter. Do not consume 3 or more alcoholic beverages daily while taking this product. Do not exceed recommended dose of this product.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Sudafed PE Cold and Cough?

    Severe liver damage may result if you take this product with other drugs containing acetaminophen, or if you drink 3 or more alcoholic beverages daily while taking this product.

    If Sudafed PE Cold and Cough is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Sudafed PE Cold and Cough with any other medication.

  • What is the usual dosage of Sudafed PE Cold and Cough?

    Adults and children 12 years: Take 2 caplets every 4 hours. Do not take more than 12 caplets in 24 hours.

    Children <12 years: Do not use.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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