It can also be called APAP and Acet.
Acetaminophen is used to treat mild to moderate pain and to reduce fever.
It is defined in medication classes of Analgesics (pain relievers) and Antipyretics (fever reducers).
Be careful to take this medication if you have known allergies or Liver disease.
Do not give Acetaminophen to a child younger than 2 years of age with the advise of a clinical provider.
Acetaminophen has a Pregnancy category of C.
This means that taking Acetaminophen is generally safe during pregnancy.
This medication can pass into the breast milk during breastfeeding.
Medical Condition For Its Use:
- Back pain
- Dental pain
- Sore Throat
- Pain following Surgery
- Generalized Pain
- Menstrual Periods
- Muscle Aches
- Arthritis Pain
- Many others
Acetaminophen medication types:
- Chew-able tablets – for children and elderly
- Tablet to be swallowed.
- Capsule to be swallowed
- Suspension or liquid form
- Solution or liquid form
- Drops – rarely used in the U.S.
- Extended Release – usually swallowed
- Disintegrating Tablet – dissolves inside mouth
- Rectal Suppository
- In a combination with other pain medications.
Potential Side Effects of Acetaminophen
- Swelling of portions of body including: hands, face, lips, and others
- Breathing difficulties
- Difficulty swallowing
- Gastrointestinal pain
*** This is a very real and concerning aspect of Acetaminophen
More than the recommended dose or more than 4 grams (for adults) a day can lead to serious medical issues.
Children taking excess Acetaminophen may experience overdose with far less than 4 grams a day.
This in some cases, can be a medical emergency
Symptoms of Overdose
- Loss of Appetite
- Profuse Sweating
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Extreme tiredness
- Abdominal pain