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What should I know about Midrin before taking it?

While you are taking Midrin, a combination of isometheptene, dichloralphenazone and acetaminophen, pay careful attention to the instructions on how much to take in a given period of time. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding before taking this medication.

Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medication. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol regularly before taking this medication because the acetaminophen in it can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol. It can also intensify some of the side effects of this medication, which include drowsiness, dizziness or decreases alertness. These particular side effects mean you should use caution operating machines or driving vehicles when you begin taking this medication, until you are familiar with its effect on you. Additionally, alcohol can cause headaches, which this medication is meant to treat.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor about any health conditions that you have, especially glaucoma, a history of drug or alcohol addiction or abuse, recent heart attack or history of heart disease, blood or circulation problems, liver disease, kidney disease, recent stroke, high blood pressure, ulcers or problems in your esophagus or depression.

You should notify your doctor of any medications that you are taking at the same time as isometheptene, dichloralphenazone and acetaminophen, as they may interact unfavorably. In particular, tell your doctor about any monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, sodium oxybate, blood thinners, isoniazid, any antidepressants or any medicines that make you drowsy, lightheaded or that decrease your awareness. Do not use this medication if you are allergic to any of its three main ingredients or to chloral hydrate.

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