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Ornex

Ornex Ingredients: Acetaminophen and Pseudoephedrine
Representative Names: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold and Sinus, Mapap Sinus, Ornex, Sudafed Sinus Headache, Sudafed Sinus and Cold, Tylenol Sinus

What is Ornex ?


Ornex is used to relieve symptoms of nasal congestion, sinus congestion, and/or headache pain caused by allergies, common cold, hay fever, and sinusitis. Generic Sudafed Sinus Headache products are available.

What should my health care professional know before I take Ornex ?


They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- anemia
- drink more than 3 alcohol-containing drinks per day
- blood vessel disease
- diabetes
- difficulty urinating (urinary retention)
- glaucoma
- heart disease or heart rhythm problems
- high blood pressure
- infection
- kidney or liver disease
- over active thyroid
- prostate trouble
- an unusual or allergic reaction to acetaminophen, aspirin, pseudoephedrine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- breast-feeding

How should I take Ornex ?


Take Ornex products by mouth. Follow the directions on the product label. Swallow capsules, caplets, gelcaps, and tablets with plenty of water. Use a specially marked spoon, or container to measure liquids. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one; household spoons are not always accurate. Do not take medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Do not administer adult preparations to children.

Elderly patients over 60 years old may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and may need smaller doses.

What if I miss a Ornex dose ?


If your prescriber or health care professional has prescribed a regular schedule and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with Ornex ?


- alcohol
- ammonium chloride
- amphetamine or other stimulant drugs
- antacids
- bicarbonate, citrate, or acetate products (such as sodium bicarbonate, sodium acetate, sodium citrate, sodium lactate, and potassium citrate)
- bromocriptine
- caffeine
- cimetidine
- cocaine
- furazolidone
- linezolid
- medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
- medicines for diabetes
- medicines known as MAO inhibitors, such as phenelzine (Nardil®), tranylcypromine (Parnate®), isocarboxazid (Marplan®), and selegiline (Carbex®, Eldepryl®)
- medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
- medicines for migraine
- medicines for seizures
- procarbazine
- some medicines for chest pain, heart disease, high blood pressure or heart rhythm problems
- some medicines for weight loss (including some herbal products, ephedrine, dextroamphetamine)
- St. John's wort
- theophylline
- thyroid hormones
- warfarin

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking Ornex ?


If you take Ornex as recommended, serious side effects are uncommon.
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
- anxiety or nervousness
- bloody or black, tarry stools
- chest pain
- confusion
- dizziness, or fainting spells
- excessive sweating
- fast or irregular heartbeat, palpitations
- fever or sore throat
- high blood pressure
- numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- rapid or troubled breathing, or wheezing
- pain or difficulty passing urine
- severe, persistent, or worsening headache
- sleeplessness (insomnia)
- skin rash or hives
- stomach cramps and pain
- tremor
- unusual bleeding or bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- vomiting
- yellowing of the skin or eyes

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- headache (mild)
- loss of appetite
- nausea
- restlessness

What should I watch for while taking Ornex ?


Check with your prescriber or health care professional if your congestion has not improved within 7 days, or if you have a high fever.

If the product makes it difficult for you to sleep at night; take your last dose a few hours before bedtime. If nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occur, stop using and consult a health care professional.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber you are taking Ornex.

Report any possible overdose promptly to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible. The effects of excessive doses may not be obvious for several days. Many non-prescription medicines contain acetaminophen as an ingredient. Always read the labels carefully to avoid taking an accidental overdose.

Avoid alcoholic drinks if you are taking Ornex on a regular basis. Alcohol can increase possible damage to your liver.

Acetaminophen can affect the results from some blood-sugar tests used by diabetic patients. Check with your prescriber or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

If you are receiving cancer chemotherapy or other immunosuppression medicine, do not take this medicine; check with your prescriber or health care professional first. Acetaminophen may hide the signs of an infection such as fever or pain.

Where can I keep Ornex ?


Keep out of reach of children in a container that small children cannot open. Acetaminophen can be dangerous to children. Avoid accidental overdose of acetaminophen as this may result in severe effects and possibly death.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
 


 


 
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