Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer medication. It is used to treat mild to severe pain in conjunction with opiates or to reduce fever. Acetaminophen reduces pain and fever quickly caused by a headache, osteoarthritis, muscle ache, backache, toothache, cold and fever. It may also be used for the purposes as determined by the physician. This drug belongs to the analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretics (forever reducer) group of drugs. Unlike other ASA or acetylsalicylic acid, this drug inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins that transmit pain signals to the brain. It only blocks the signaling of pain but it does not have an anti-inflammatory action. Acetaminophen is available over-the-counter and as a prescription drug in various dosages.
Use this medication as directed on the label or as prescribed by your physician. The recommended doses are as follow:
For liquid suspension, shake the bottle first before using. For chewable tablets, chew the tablet first before swallowing.
Common side effects are:
Serious side effects are:
Seek medical attention right away if you will experience any of the serious side effects listed.
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