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Excedrin Back & Body Body

Generic Name: acetaminophen and aspirin
(a seet oh MIN oh fen and AS prin)

What is the most important information I should know about Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body?

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

Do not use any other pain, headache, cold, or sleep medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as "APAP") and aspirin are contained in many combination medicines. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of a certain drug. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains acetaminophen, APAP, or aspirin.

This medicine should not be given to a child or teenager who has a fever, especially if the child also has flu symptoms or chicken pox. Aspirin can cause a serious and sometimes fatal condition called Reye's syndrome in children.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any symptoms of bleeding in your stomach or intestines. Symptoms include black, bloody, or tarry stools, and coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase the risk of stomach bleeding or liver damage while you are taking Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body. If you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day, do not take acetaminophen without your doctor's advice.

What is Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body?

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer.

Aspirin is in a group of drugs called salicylates (sa-LIS-il-ates). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation.

The combination of Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body is used to treat minor arthritis pain, back pain, and muscle aches.

Excedrin Back Acetaminophen and aspirin Body may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin, or if you are using any other products that contain acetaminophen.

This medicine should not be given to a child or teenager who has a fever, especially if the child also has flu symptoms or chicken pox. Aspirin can cause a serious and sometimes fatal condition called Reye's syndrome in children.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication. Ask a doctor or pharmacist about using Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body if you have:

  • asthma
  • a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding
  • stomach ulcer or history of heartburn or ongoing indigestion or stomach pain
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder; or
  • liver disease (including cirrhosis).

Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. Aspirin can cause harm to an unborn baby or problems with childbirth if you take the medicine during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

Excedrin Back Acetaminophen and aspirin Body may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger or smaller amounts, or use it for longer than recommended. An overdose of Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body can cause serious harm.

Take this medication with a full glass of water.

Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours unless your doctor has told you to.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking aspirin. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Store Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body is often used as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of this medication can cause serious harm.

Overdose can cause ringing in your ears, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, increased sweating, confusion, hallucinations, rapid breathing, seizure (convulsions), or coma.

What should I avoid while taking Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body?

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase the risk of stomach bleeding or liver damage while you are taking Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body. If you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day, do not take acetaminophen without your doctor's advice.

Do not use any other pain, headache, cold, or sleep medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as "APAP") and aspirin are contained in many combination medicines. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of a certain drug. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains acetaminophen, APAP, or aspirin.

What are the possible side effects of Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • fever lasting longer than 3 days
  • swelling, or pain lasting longer than 10 days
  • redness, swelling, or other signs of infection; or
  • hearing loss.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • upset stomach, heartburn
  • drowsiness; or
  • ringing in your ears.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body?

Before taking aspirin, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
  • medications for treating diabetes
  • gout medications such as probenecid (Benemid) or sulfinpyrazone
  • another salicylate such as choline salicylate and/or magnesium salicylate (Magan, Doan's, Bayer Select Backache Pain Formula, Mobidin, Arthropan, Trilisate, Tricosal), or salsalate (Disalcid); or
  • an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), diclofenac (Voltaren), diflunisal (Dolobid), etodolac (Lodine), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), ketorolac (Toradol), mefenamic acid (Ponstel), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene), and others.

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist has information about Excedrin Back acetaminophen and aspirin Body.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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