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Magnacet Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Magnacet

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Magnacet include the following:
 
  • Magnacet is a narcotic medication with significant potential for abuse. Certain people have a higher risk for Magnacet addiction than others. The drug is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse. Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with Magnacet, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
     
  • Magnacet contains acetaminophen (APAP, Tylenol®). Taking too much Magnacet (as well as taking Magnacet in combination with other products that contain acetaminophen) can cause severe liver problems or even death due to Tylenol poisoning. Magnacet may not be a good choice for people who already have liver disease.
     
  • Magnacet can potentially interact with several other medications (see Magnacet Drug Interactions).
     
  • The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intracranial pressure. Magnacet should be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
     
  • Magnacet can cause slow and irregular breathing. In severe situations, this may be life-threatening. This may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
     
  • Magnacet can cause a decrease in blood pressure, which can be especially dangerous if you already have low blood pressure.
     
  • Magnacet can interfere with the diagnosis of many conditions that cause severe abdominal (stomach) pain.
     
  • Like any other narcotic, Magnacet can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
     
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Magnacet affects you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
     
  • Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, epilepsy, gallbladder problems, pancreatic disease, or kidney disease, as Magnacet may not be the best choice for you.
     
  • Narcotics such as Magnacet are likely to cause constipation. This side effect does not go away as you continue to take the drug. Usually, laxatives are necessary to treat and prevent constipation due to Magnacet.
     
  • Magnacet is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known.
     
  • Magnacet passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug.
     
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