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Reye’s syndrome: Children and teenagers who have or are recovering from chicken pox or flu-like symptoms should not use this product. When using this product, if changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting occur, consult a doctor because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

Allergy alert:
Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include:

  • Hives
  • Facial swelling
  • Asthma (wheezing)
  • Shock

Stomach bleeding warning: This product contains an NSAID, which may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you

  • Are age 60 or older
  • Have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems
  • Take a blood thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug
  • Take other drugs containing prescription or nonprescription NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others)
  • Have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product
  • Take more or for a longer time than directed

Sore throat warning:
If sore throat is severe, persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly. Do not use to sedate children. Do not use

  • If you are allergic to aspirin or any other pain reliever/fever reducer
  • If you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional conditions, or Parkinson’s disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains an MAOI, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients
  • In children under 12 years of age

Ask a doctor before use if

  • Stomach bleeding warning applies to you
  • You have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn
  • You have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, or kidney disease
  • You are taking a diuretic
  • You have
    • Asthma
    • Diabetes
    • Thyroid disease
    • Glaucoma
    • Cough with excessive phlegm (mucus)
    • A breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis
    • Difficulty in urination due to enlargement of the prostate gland
    • Persistent or chronic cough such as occurs with smoking, asthma, or emphysema
    • A sodium-restricted diet

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are

  • Taking a prescription drug for
    • Gout
    • Diabetes
    • Arthritis
  • Taking sedatives or tranquilizers

When using this product

  • Do not exceed recommended dosage
  • May cause marked drowsiness
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks
  • Alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
  • Be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery
  • Excitability may occur, especially in children

Stop use and ask a doctor if

  • An allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical help right away.
  • You experience any of the following signs of stomach bleeding
    • Feel faint
    • Vomit blood
    • Have bloody or black stools
    • Have stomach pain that does not get better
  • Pain, cough, or nasal congestion gets worse or lasts more than 7 days
  • Fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days
  • Redness or swelling is present
  • New symptoms occur
  • Ringing in the ears or a loss of hearing occurs
  • Cough comes back or occurs with rash or headache that lasts. These could be signs of a serious condition.
  • Nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occurs

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. It is especially important not to use aspirin during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu

Generic Name: acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, and phenylephrine (ah EET a MIN oh fen, DEX troe me THOR fan, dox IL a meen, and FEN il EFF rin)
Brand Name: Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu, Delsym Adult Night Time Multi-Symptom, Mucinex Fast-Max Night Time Cold & Flu, NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu, Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime, Tylenol Warming Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Sep 11, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

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What is Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu?

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer.

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. It affects the cough reflex in the brain that triggers coughing.

Doxylamine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Phenylephrine is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).

Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold is a combination medicine used to treat headache, fever, body aches, cough, runny nose, sneezing, itching, and watery eyes caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu.

Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.

Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Do not use this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. Call your doctor at once if you have nausea, pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, or phenylephrine.

Do not use this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

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

  • liver disease, cirrhosis, a history of alcoholism, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day;

  • heart disease, coronary artery disease;

  • blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines);

  • bladder obstruction or other urination problems;

  • glaucoma;

  • pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland);

  • overactive thyroid; or

  • if you take potassium (Cytra, Epiklor, K-Lyte, K-Phos, Kaon, Klor-Con, Polycitra, Urocit-K).

It is not known whether this medication will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are pregnant.

Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Antihistamines and decongestants may also slow breast milk production. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu?

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. This medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

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

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Swallow the capsules whole with water.

For the warming drink mix, dissolve the contents of one packet in 8 oz. hot water and sip slowly while the liquid is still hot. Consume the entire drink within 10-15 minutes.

Do not take for longer than 7 days in a row. Stop taking the medicine and call your doctor if you still have a fever after 3 days of use, you still have pain after 7 days (or 5 days if treating a child), if your symptoms get worse, or if you have a skin rash, ongoing headache, or any redness or swelling.

If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon or doctor ahead of time if you have taken this medicine within the past few days.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow liquid medicine to freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu is taken when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of acetaminophen can be fatal.

The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

What should I avoid while taking Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP) is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains acetaminophen or APAP.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while you are taking acetaminophen, and can increase certain side effects of doxylamine.

This medicine may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu side effects

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

In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. This could occur even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling. If you have this type of reaction, you should never again take any medicine that contains acetaminophen.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • anxiety, hallucinations, feeling of fear;

  • little or no urinating;

  • pale skin, unusual weakness;

  • nausea, pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes); or

  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Common side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;

  • constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting; or

  • feeling restless or excited.

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 Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if you are also using any other drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used together. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can worsen these effects. Ask your doctor before taking Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold & Flu with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Liver warning: This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take

  • more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in 24 hours
  • with other drugs containing acetaminophen
  • 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product

Allergy alert: Acetaminophen may cause severe skin or severe allergic reactions. Symptoms may include:

  • skin reddening
  • blisters
  • rash
  • hives
  • facial swelling
  • asthma (wheezing)
  • shock

If a skin or general allergic reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

Sore throat warning: If sore throat is severe, persists for more than

  • 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, nausea,
  • or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly.

Do not use to sedate children

Do not use

  • with any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.
  • if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional conditions, or Parkinson’s disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains an MAOI, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.
  • if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients
  • in children under 12 years of age

Ask a doctor before use if you have

  • liver disease
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • thyroid disease
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma
  • cough with excessive phlegm (mucus)
  • a breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis
  • difficulty in urination due to enlargement of the prostate gland
  • persistent or chronic cough such as occurs with smoking, asthma, or emphysema
  • a sodium restricted diet

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are

  • taking the blood thinning drug warfarin
  • taking sedatives or tranquilizers

When using this product

  • do not exceed recommended dosage
  • may cause marked drowsiness
  • avoid alcoholic drinks
  • alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
  • be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery
  • excitability may occur, especially in children

Stop use and ask a doctor if

  • pain, cough, or nasal congestion gets worse or lasts more than 7 days
  • fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days
  • redness or swelling is present
  • new symptoms occur
  • cough comes back or occurs with rash or headache that lasts.

These could be signs of a serious condition.

  • nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occurs

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Quick medical attention is critical for adults as well as for children even if you do not notice any signs or symptoms.

Temporarily relieves these symptoms due to a cold or flu: minor aches and pains, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal and sinus congestion. Temporarily reduces fever.

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