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Acetaminophen

Acetaminophenis a pain reliever and a fever reducer medication. It is used to treat mild tosevere pain in conjunction with opiates or to reduce fever. Acetaminophenreduces pain and fever quickly caused by a headache, osteoarthritis, muscleache, backache, toothache, cold and fever. It may also be used for the purposesas determined by the physician. This drug belongs to the analgesic (painreliever) and antipyretics (forever reducer) group of drugs. Unlike other ASAor acetylsalicylic acid, this drug inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandinsthat transmit pain signals to the brain. It only blocks the signaling of painbut it does not have an anti-inflammatory action. Acetaminophen is availableover-the-counter and as a prescription drug in various dosages.

How To Use Acetaminophen?

Usethis medication as directed on the label or as prescribed by your physician.The recommended doses are as follow:

  • For an adult and teenagersweighing at least 100 pounds should not exceed more than 1000 mg at a time ormore than 4000 mg in a day.
  • Children below 12 years ofage should not take more than 5 doses in 24 hours. Use Acetaminophen exactly asdirected. Do not take more than what is prescribed or written on the label.
  • For children less than 2years of age, use the pediatric dose with the special dose-measuring dropper. Followthe dosing instructions carefully.
  • There is alsoAcetaminophen available for an infant which comes with its own oral syringe ormedicine dropper.

For liquid suspension, shake thebottle first before using. For chewable tablets, chew the tablet first beforeswallowing.

What are the side effects of Acetaminophen?

Common side effects are:

  • Stomach pain
  • Rash
  • Dark urine
  • Headache

Seriousside effects are:

  • Liver damage with signslike jaundice, loss of appetite, unusual bleeding and bruising and clay-coloredstools
  • Severe dizziness
  • Allergic reaction
  • Trouble breathing
  • Itching, swelling

Seekmedical attention right away if you will experience any of the serious sideeffects listed.

Important Information

  • Stop using the medicationif
    • You still have pain after 7 days of treatment for an adult or5 days of treatment for a child
    • You have skin rashes, on-going headache
    • Your symptoms get worse
    • You still have a fever after 3 days of use
  • Use this product withcaution  in patients with G6PD andchronic malnutrition
  • Do not take this drug ifyou are allergic to its active ingredient

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