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TYLENOL

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is both a pain reliever and a fever reducer.

Tylenol is used to treat many painful conditions such as headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, backaches, toothaches, colds, and fevers.

The Johnson and Johnson brand name, “Tylenol,” comes from the chemical name for the compound, “N-acetyl-para-aminophenol”.

 

Tylenol Warnings and Precautions

Adults should not take more than 4000 milligrams or 4 grams a day.  Taking too much acetaminophen may cause potentially fatal liver disease. If you have liver problems, have your doctor recommend a safe dosage. Avoid alcohol while taking Tylenol because it can increase your risk for liver damage. Do not take Tylenol if you have had three or more alcoholic drinks. Combining the two could cause gastro-intestinal bleeding. Symptoms of liver damage include dark urine, persistent vomiting, stomach pain, extreme tiredness, or yellowing eyes and skin.

Before taking acetaminophen, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, tell your doctor if you plan to take Tylenol and keep in mind that Acetaminophen passes into breast milk.

Do not give children adult Tylenol. Give children the kid-approved versions. Use the dose-cup or dropper or kid-chewable tablets. Do not use household tablespoons.

 

Tylenol Uses

This drug is used to treat mild to moderate pain (from headaches, menstrual periods, toothaches, backaches, osteoarthritis, or cold/flu aches and pains) and to reduce fever. It is also used for long-term for osteoarthritis.

 

Tylenol Side Effects

Tylenol typically has no side effects. If you have any unusual side effects or allergic reactions, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

 

Tylenol Interactions

Keep a list of all the prescription and nonprescription drugs you use and make sure to make your doctor aware of them.

Some products that may interact with Tylenol include blood thinners such as warfarin, isoniazid and ketoconazole.

Tylenol may interfere with certain lab tests, possibly causing false test results. Inform all doctors of your Tylenol use.

 

Tylenol Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include but are not limited to nausea, vomiting, sweating, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain and extreme tiredness.

Be careful if you are taking Tylenol as well as other drugs that contain similar ingredients, such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Percocets, Nyquil and Excedrin.  The double dose of acetaminophen can cause unintentional overdose or liver problems.

 


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