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Acetaminophen (paracetamol): Patient drug information

Acetaminophen (paracetamol): Patient drug information

(For additional information see "Acetaminophen (paracetamol): Drug information" and see "Acetaminophen (paracetamol): Pediatric drug information")

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Brand Names: US
  • 7T Gummy ES [DSC];
  • 8 Hour Pain Reliever [OTC];
  • Acetaminophen 8 Hour [OTC];
  • Acetaminophen Extra Strength [OTC];
  • Aminofen [OTC] [DSC];
  • Apra [OTC];
  • Arthritis Pain Relief [OTC];
  • Aurophen Childrens [OTC];
  • BetaTemp Childrens [OTC];
  • Childrens Acetaminophen [OTC];
  • Childrens APAP [OTC];
  • Childrens Non-Aspirin [OTC];
  • Childrens Silapap [OTC];
  • Childrens Tactinal [OTC] [DSC];
  • Ed-APAP [OTC];
  • ElixSure Fever/Pain [OTC];
  • FeverAll Adults [OTC];
  • FeverAll Childrens [OTC];
  • FeverAll Infants [OTC];
  • FeverAll Junior Strength [OTC];
  • GoodSense Pain & Fever Child [OTC];
  • GoodSense Pain & Fever Infants [OTC];
  • GoodSense Pain Relief Extra St [OTC];
  • GoodSense Pain Relief [OTC] [DSC];
  • Healthy Mama Shake That Ache [OTC];
  • Liquid Pain Relief [OTC];
  • M-PAP [OTC];
  • Mapap Acetaminophen Extra Str [OTC];
  • Mapap Arthritis Pain [OTC];
  • Mapap Childrens [OTC];
  • Mapap Extra Strength [OTC] [DSC];
  • Mapap [OTC];
  • Maxapap Maximum Strength [OTC] [DSC];
  • Maxapap Regular Strength [OTC] [DSC];
  • Non-Aspirin Extra Strength [OTC];
  • Non-Aspirin Pain Reliever [OTC] [DSC];
  • Non-Aspirin [OTC];
  • Nortemp Infants [OTC] [DSC];
  • Nortemp [OTC] [DSC];
  • Ofirmev;
  • Pain & Fever Childrens [OTC];
  • Pain & Fever Extra Strength [OTC] [DSC];
  • Pain & Fever Infants [OTC] [DSC];
  • Pain & Fever [OTC] [DSC];
  • Pain Relief Childrens [OTC];
  • Pain Relief Extra Strength [OTC];
  • Pain Relief Regular Strength [OTC];
  • Pain Relief [OTC];
  • Panadol Childrens [OTC];
  • Panadol Extra Strength [OTC];
  • Panadol Infants [OTC];
  • Pharbetol Extra Strength [OTC];
  • Pharbetol [OTC];
  • Tactinal Extra Strength [OTC] [DSC];
  • Tactinal [OTC] [DSC];
  • Triaminic Fever Reducer [OTC];
  • Tylenol 8 Hour Arthritis Pain [OTC];
  • Tylenol 8 Hour [OTC];
  • Tylenol Childrens Chewables [OTC];
  • Tylenol Childrens Pain + Fever [OTC];
  • Tylenol Childrens [OTC];
  • Tylenol Dissolve Packs [OTC];
  • Tylenol Extra Strength [OTC];
  • Tylenol for Children + Adults [OTC];
  • Tylenol Infants Pain+Fever [OTC];
  • Tylenol Infants [OTC];
  • Tylenol [OTC]
Warning
  • Liver problems have happened with the use of acetaminophen. Sometimes, this has led to a liver transplant or death. Most of the time, liver problems happened in people taking more than 4,000 mg (milligrams) of acetaminophen in a day. People were also often taking more than 1 drug that had acetaminophen in it. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
What is this drug used for?
  • It is used to ease pain and fever.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?
  • If you are allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have liver disease.
  • This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?
  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid taking other products that have acetaminophen in them. Check labels closely. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver problems.
  • Follow the directions exactly. Do not take more acetaminophen in a day than directed. If you do not know how much acetaminophen you can take in a day, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Some people may take up to 4,000 mg (milligrams) in a day if told to do so by the doctor. Some people (like people with liver problems and children) should take less acetaminophen. Call your doctor right away if you have taken too much acetaminophen in a day, even if you feel well.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
  • This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this drug.
  • If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
  • Allergic reactions have happened with this drug. Rarely, some reactions can be very bad or life-threatening. Talk with the doctor.
  • Different brands of this drug may have different doses for children. Talk with the doctor before giving this drug to a child.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
  • WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • A severe skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause severe health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
What are some other side effects of this drug?
  • All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Headache.
  • Constipation.
  • These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
  • You may report side effects to your national health agency.
How is this drug best taken?
  • Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
  • All oral products:
  • Take with or without food.
  • Chewable tablets:
  • Chew well before swallowing.
  • Oral-disintegrating tablet:
  • Place on the tongue and let dissolve.
  • Extended-release tablets:
  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
  • Take with a full glass of water.
  • Liquid (drops):
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug.
  • All other liquid products:
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this drug.
  • Liquid (suspension):
  • Shake well before use.
  • Suppository:
  • Use suppository rectally.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • If suppository is soft, chill in a refrigerator or run cold water over it.
  • To use suppository, take off foil wrapper.
  • Wet suppository before putting in rectum.
  • Put suppository into the rectum with gentle pressure, pointed end first. Do not handle too much.
  • Injection:
  • It is given into a vein for a period of time.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
  • Oral products and suppository:
  • If you take this drug on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
  • Injection:
  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.
How do I store and/or throw out this drug?
  • All oral products:
  • Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
  • Store in original container.
  • Keep lid tightly closed.
  • Suppository:
  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Some brands may be stored in the refrigerator. Ask your pharmacist or check the package label.
  • Oral products and suppository:
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Injection:
  • If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
  • All products:
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
General drug facts
  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Last Reviewed Date2020-03-24
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