Acetaminophen or Tylenol is well-known and used to treat a variety of different medical conditions. It is one of the most used medications in the world.

It is specifically used to treat mild to moderate pain and to reduce fever and is defined in medication classes of Analgesics (pain relievers) and Antipyretics (fever reducers).

Things to be aware of while taking Tylenol

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 advice of a clinical provider.

Acetaminophen has a Pregnancy category of C.  This means that taking this medication is generally safe during pregnancy. This medication can pass into the breast milk during breastfeeding.

Medical Condition For Its Use:

–  Headaches
–  Back pain
–  Fever
–  Dental pain
–  Sore Throat
–  Pain following Surgery
–  Generalized Pain
–  Menstrual Periods
–  Muscle Aches
–  Arthritis Pain
–  Many others

Different types of Acetaminophen:

–  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

–  Rash
–  Hives
–  Itching
–  Swelling of portions of the body including: hands, face, lips, and others
–  Breathing difficulties
–  Difficulty swallowing
–  Hoarseness
–  Gastrointestinal pain
–  Nausea
–  Others

Acetaminophen Overdose

*** 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
–  Nausea
–  Vomiting
–  Unusual bleeding or bruising
–  Extreme tiredness
–  Abdominal pain
–  Others