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Acetaminophen: Uses and Side Effects

Acetaminophen is a medication used to treat mild to moderate pain (such as headaches, menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, osteoarthritis, or cold/flu aches and pains) as well as to lower temperature.

Brand names: Tylenol, Paracetamol, Panadol


What is the best way to take Acetaminophen?

As advised, take this product by mouth. Follow the product’s instructions. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.

Acetaminophen comes in a variety of brands and formats. Because the amount of acetaminophen in each medication may differ, read the dose instructions for each product carefully. Do not exceed the recommended dose of acetaminophen.

If you’re administering acetaminophen to a youngster, be sure it’s a child-specific product. To locate the proper dose on the product container, use your child’s weight. You can use your child’s age instead of their weight if you don’t know their weight.

Before each administration of a suspension, give it a good shake. Some liquids do not require shaking prior to use. Follow the product’s instructions to the letter. To ensure you have the correct dose, use the included dose-measuring spoon/dropper/syringe to measure the liquid medication. Do not use a regular spoon for this.

If you have a fever, do not take this medication for longer than 3 days unless your doctor tells you to. Unless recommended by your doctor, do not use this medicine for pain for longer than 10 days in adults (5 days in children). Consult a doctor right away if your child has a sore throat (particularly if they have a high fever, headache, or nausea/vomiting).

Side Effects

This medication normally has no negative side effects. If you have any unusual side effects, call your doctor or pharmacist right away. If your doctor has prescribed this drug, keep in mind that he or she has determined that the benefit to you outweighs the danger of adverse effects. The majority of people who take this medicine do not have any substantial adverse effects.

This medicine seldom causes a severe allergic reaction. However, if you detect any symptoms of a major allergic response, such as a rash, itching/swelling (particularly of the face/tongue/throat), extreme dizziness, or problems breathing, seek medical treatment right away.



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