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Tylenol

What is Tylenol

Tylenol is a pain reliever and a fever reducer.

Tylenol is used to treat many conditions such as headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds, and fevers.

Tylenol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Tylenol

Use Tylenol for up to 3 days for fever or up to 10 days for pain (or up to 5 days to treat a child's pain). If the symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse, stop using Tylenol and see a doctor.

Avoid alcohol during treatment with Tylenol. Together, alcohol and Tylenol can be damaging to the liver.

Be aware of the acetaminophen content of other over-the-counter and prescription products. Care should be taken to avoid taking more than the recommended amount of acetaminophen per dose or per day.

What you should find out before taking Tylenol

Do not take Tylenol without first talking to your doctor if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day or if you have had alcoholic liver disease. You may not be able to take Tylenol, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring.

Before taking Tylenol, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. You may not be able to take Tylenol, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have either of these conditions.

Tylenol is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Tylenol without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Tylenol passes into breast milk. It appears to be safe for use during breast-feeding but should be avoided if possible. Talk to your doctor before taking Tylenol if you are breast-feeding a baby.

If you are treating a child, read the package carefully and use a pediatric form of the medication if possible. Talk to a doctor first if the child is younger than 2 years of age.

How should take Tylenol

Take Tylenol exactly as directed by your doctor or follow the instructions on the package. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each oral dose with a full glass of water.

Tylenol can be taken with or without food.

Wash your hands before and after using the rectal suppositories. Run the suppository under cold water or put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes before using it. Remove any wrapping from the suppository and moisten the suppository with cold water. Squat, stand, or lie down with one leg straight and the other bent, in a comfortable position that allows access to the rectal area. Use your finger, or the applicator if one is provided, to deposit the suppository as far as it will comfortably go into the rectum. Insert the narrow end first. Close your legs and lie still for a few minutes. If the applicator will be reused, take it apart and wash it with warm water and mild soap, then dry it completely. Avoid having a bowel movement for at least 1 hour after inserting the suppository.

To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid forms of acetaminophen with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Shake the liquid well before measuring.

Never take more Tylenol than is directed. The maximum amounts for adults are 1 gram (1000 mg) per dose and 4 grams (4000 mg) per day. Taking more Tylenol could be damaging to the liver. If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day, talk to your doctor before taking Tylenol.

Use Tylenol for up to 3 days for fever or up to 10 days for pain (or up to 5 days to treat a child's pain). If the symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse, stop using Tylenol and see a doctor.

If you are treating a child, read the package carefully and use a pediatric form of the medication if possible. Talk to a doctor first if the child is younger than 2 years of age.

Store Tylenol at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and the reach of children. The rectal suppositories can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

If you miss a dose:

If you are taking Tylenol on a regular schedule, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Wait the prescribed amount of time or as directed in the package labeling before taking another dose. Do not take a double dose.

If you are taking Tylenol on an as-needed basis, missing a dose is not usually a problem. Take the dose as soon as you remember, and do not take another dose for the amount of time prescribed or as directed in the package labeling.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of an Tylenol overdose include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, sweating, seizures, confusion, and an irregular heartbeat.

Avoid while taking Tylenol

Avoid alcohol during treatment with Tylenol. Together, alcohol and Tylenol can be damaging to the liver.

Be aware of the acetaminophen content of other over-the-counter and prescription products. Care should be taken to avoid taking more than the recommended amount of acetaminophen per dose or per day.

Possible side effects of Tylenol

If you experience any of the following rare but serious side effects, stop taking Tylenol and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue);
- blood problems (easy or unusual bleeding or bruising).

Other, less serious side effects are not known to occur.

Side effects other than those listed here may occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Tylenol

Be aware of the acetaminophen content of other over-the-counter and prescription products. Care should be taken to avoid taking more than the recommended amount of acetaminophen per dose or per day.

Tylenol may cause false urine glucose test results. Talk to your doctor if you have diabetes and you notice changes in your glucose levels while taking Tylenol.

Other medications may interact with Tylenol. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products while taking Tylenol.

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