Anacin

Name: Anacin

Anacin Interactions

If you are taking aspirin and caffeine to prevent heart attack or stroke, avoid also taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Ibuprofen may make aspirin and caffeine less effective. If you must use both medications, take the ibuprofen at least 8 hours before or 30 minutes after you take the aspirin and caffeine (non-enteric coated form).

Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking aspirin and caffeine. Alcohol may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold or allergy medicine, diet pills, or pain medication. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or caffeine. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen, or caffeine.

Ask your doctor before using aspirin and caffeine if you take an antidepressant such as citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline (Zoloft), trazodone, or vilazodone. Taking any of these medicines with an NSAID may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.

Other drugs may interact with aspirin and caffeine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Anacin Drug Class

Anacin is part of the drug classes:

  • Other agents for local oral treatment

  • Platelet aggregation inhibitors excl. heparin

  • Salicylic acid and derivatives

What is aspirin and caffeine?

Aspirin and caffeine is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation.

Caffeine is used in this product to increase the pain relieving effects of aspirin and caffeine.

Aspirin and caffeine is a combination product used to treat headaches, muscle pain, minor arthritis pain, and fever or body aches caused by the common cold. Aspirin and caffeine is sometimes used to treat or prevent heart attacks, strokes, and chest pain (angina). Aspirin and caffeine should be used for cardiovascular conditions only under the supervision of a doctor.

Aspirin and caffeine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take aspirin and caffeine?

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.

Take with food if aspirin and caffeine upsets your stomach.

Dissolve the powder or effervescent tablet in at least 4 ounces of water. Stir and drink this mixture right away.

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

Do not take this medication if you smell a strong vinegar odor in the aspirin and caffeine bottle. The medicine may no longer be effective.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking aspirin and caffeine?

If you are taking aspirin and caffeine to prevent heart attack or stroke, avoid also taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Ibuprofen may make aspirin and caffeine less effective. If you must use both medications, take the ibuprofen at least 8 hours before or 30 minutes after you take the aspirin and caffeine (non-enteric coated form).

Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking aspirin and caffeine. Alcohol may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold or allergy medicine, diet pills, or pain medication. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or caffeine. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen, or caffeine.

Ask your doctor before using aspirin and caffeine if you take an antidepressant such as citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline (Zoloft), trazodone, or vilazodone. Taking any of these medicines with an NSAID may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.

What is Anacin?

Anacin (aspirin and caffeine) is a combination of a salicylate and a stimulant. It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation. Caffeine is used in this product to increase the pain relieving effects of aspirin.

Anacin is used to treat headaches, muscle pain, minor arthritis pain, and fever or body aches caused by the common cold. Anacin is sometimes used to treat or prevent heart attacks, strokes, and chest pain (angina). Anacin should be used for cardiovascular conditions only under the supervision of a doctor.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Anacin if you are allergic to aspirin or caffeine, or if you have:

  • a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding;

  • active bleeding caused by hemophilia or another blood-clotting disorder; or

  • an allergy to an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Orudis, Indocin, Lodine, Voltaren, Toradol, Mobic, Relafen, Feldene, and others.

Do not give this medication to a child or teenager with a fever, flu symptoms, or chicken pox. Aspirin can cause Reye's syndrome, a serious and sometimes fatal condition in children.

Anacin may cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are taking this medicine, especially:

  • if you are age 60 or older;

  • if you have a stomach ulcer or a history of stomach or intestinal bleeding;

  • if take a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin) or steroid medicine;

  • if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day; or

  • if you take the medicine for longer than recommended.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • any bleeding disorder or stomach problems;

  • heart disease, high blood pressure;

  • asthma or seasonal allergies;

  • liver or kidney disease;

  • gout; or

  • diabetes.

This medicine may be harmful to an unborn baby's heart, and may also reduce birth weight or have other dangerous effects. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while you are taking Anacin.

Aspirin and caffeine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this medicine is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Belly pain or heartburn.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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