Caffeine (KAF-een), Sodium Benzoate (SOE-dee-um BEN-zoe-ate)
Treats breathing problems caused by taking too much narcotic pain medicine or drinking too much alcohol.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to caffeine or sodium benzoate.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using medicine for asthma, such as theophylline (Theo-Dur®). Tell your doctor if you are also using aspirin or phenobarbital (Luminal®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease or heart rhythm problems.
- Large doses of this medicine may cause worsened breathing or other unwanted effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have a headache, anxiety, fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat, ringing in the ears, or muscle tremors or twitches.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
- Increase in how much or how often you urinate
- Muscle twitching, tremors, or shaking
- Worsened breathing problems
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Changes in your vision
- Feeling anxious, excited, or agitated
- Increased sense of pain
- Ringing in your ears