Acetaminophen

Brand names

Anacin-3®,Datril®, Liquiprin®, Panadol®, Tempra®, Tylenol®

How Is It Administered?

Acetaminophen comes as a tablet, chewable tablet, capsule, liquid, drops, and granules (to be dissolved in water) to take by mouth.

What Is It Used For?

Acetaminophen is used to relieve mild to moderate pain and to reduce fever.

What Should I Tell My Doctor Before I Begin Taking It?

Tell your doctor:

  • if you are allergic to acetaminophen or any other drugs
  • what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane), sulfinpyrazone (Anturane), and vitamins
  • if you have or have ever had liver disease and if you have a history of alcohol abuse
  • if you drink 3 or more alcohol beverages every day, ask your doctor if you should take acetaminophen. You should not drink alcohol beverages while taking acetaminophen

What Are Some Possible Side Effects I May Experience?

Although side effects from acetaminophen are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if this symptom is severe or does not go away:

  • upset stomach

If you experience the following symptom, call your doctor immediately:

  • any sign of an allergic reaction: rash, hives, or severe skin rash; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; swelling of your lips, throat, or inside of your mouth; dizziness or fainting
  • any sign of an overdose: unusual bruising or bleeding (bleeding lasts more than 10-15 minutes; black or bloody stools; vomit that is bloody or that looks like coffee grounds; blood in your urine or mucus, spontaneous bleeding from your gums or nose, or superficial bleeding into the skin that appears as a rash of pinpoint-sized reddish-purple spots); decrease in amount of urine passed; nausea and/vomiting; fever or sore throat; or yellowing of the skin or eyes