Generic Name(s): Acetaminophen
Drug Class: Acetaminophens
Treats: pain, fever, colds
The drug Tylenol is a brand of the generic medicine Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is the main ingredient and is also known as paracetamol. It is both an analgesic or pain killer and antipyretic which means it controls and manages fever. Acetaminophen is widely used around the world and is easily available over the counter.
Tylenol is prescribed for the treatment of many different conditions.
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Doctors recommend Tylenol use for the treatment of conditions such as headaches, toothache, muscle aches, pain due to arthritis, fevers, colds and pain due to conditions such as arthritis. Tylenol is also widely prescribed for the temporary relief of minor pains and aches due to various conditions such as premenstrual cramps, common cold and so on. Doctors may also prescribe Tylenol use for purposes not indicated here. Below you will find the uses of Tylenol.
Tylenol dosage is administered orally which means patients have to take Tylenol by mouth. It presents in various forms such as syrup and tablets. Patients may also use extended release tablets. The extended release tablets/capsules should be swallowed whole and should not be chewed, broken or split. Doctors may recommend a different Tylenol depending on a patient's response, medical history, age and condition being treated. If you have any questions about your Tylenol dosage, ask your doctor.Below you will find a typical dosage of Tylenol.
- The regular recommended Tylenol dosage for adults and children older than 12 years is 650 to 1000 mg administered every 4 to 6 hours.
- The daily Tylenol dosage should not exceed 4,000 mg
Tylenol Side Effects
As with many other drugs, patients may experience a number of Tylenol side effects. However, very few patients experience any side effects at all and most mild to moderate Tylenol side effects usually go away after a few days. Patients are however advised to seek immediate medical attention if they suffer any serious Tylenol side effects or an allergic reaction.
Rare Tylenol side effects include the following. Contact a doctor if you experience these symptoms.
- Black tarry stools
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Sores, ulcers
- Yellow coloration in eyes or skin
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Skin rashes, hives
- Itching, red spots on skin
- Lower back pain
Like any drug, Tylenol may interact with other drugs and substances. Drug interactions can affect the way the drug works and may result in an allergic reaction orserious side effects. Any serious Tylenol interactions with other drugs and products may reduce its effect and even render it ineffective. It is important to let the doctor know of any products, medicines and supplements that a patient may be currently taking. These can then be checked for any possible drug interactions.Below you will find a list of drugs that may interact with Tylenol. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.
- Drugs for treating seizures
- Blood thinning medicines