What should I know about Norgesic before taking it?

Before taking Norgesic (aspirin-caffeine-orphenadrine) you should be aware of the following safety information and recommended precautions:
  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any allergies, especially to caffeine, orphenadrine, aspirin or any NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen).
  • Tell your doctor if you have aspirin (or other NSAID)-sensitive asthma, glaucoma, ulcers or blockage of the stomach or intestine, bladder blockage, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency; anemia, enlarged prostate, overactive thyroid, mega-esophagus/cardio-spasm or myasthenia gravis. Also, discuss any of the following health issues with your doctor: asthma, nasal polyps, stomach problems, high blood pressure, heart condition, kidney or liver disease, vitamin K deficiency, urinary problems, bleeding problems or gout.      
  • Because Norgesic can cause dizziness or drowsiness, use care if driving or performing any activities that require alertness.
  • Limit alcohol consumption while taking Norgesic, since alcohol can increase its drowsiness effect.
  • Tell your surgeon that you are taking this medication before you have any type of surgery, since Norgesic can cause bleeding of the stomach. (Daily use of tobacco or alcohol can increase that risk.)
  • Norgesic has not been approved for use in children under age 12 years and, since it contains aspirin, should not be used in children and teens.
  • The elderly can be more sensitive to the side effects of Norgesic
  • Since it contains aspirin, Norgesic should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, unless considered absolutely necessary by your doctor.

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