Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen

What is acetaminophen?

Acetaminophen is a fever reducer and pain reliever.

Acetaminophen is used to treat mild to moderate and pain, to treat moderate to severe pain in conjunction with opiates,or to reduce fever. Common conditions that acetaminophen treats include headache, muscle aches, backache, arthritis, toothaches, colds, and fevers.

Important information

When you have severe liver disease You should not use this medicine

An overdose of acetaminophen can cause damage to your liver or death.

  • Adults and teenagers who weigh at least 48.89 kg should not take more than 1000 milligrams (mg) at one time, or more than 4000 mg in 24 hours.
  • Children younger than 12 years old should not take more than 5 doses in 24 hours, using only the number of milligrams per dose that is prescribed for the child's weight and age.
  • Use exactly as directed on the label.

Consult your doctor at once if you have nausea, pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

Before taking this medicine
  • You should not use acetaminophen if you are allergic to it, or if you have severe liver disease.
  • Do not take this medicine without a doctor's advice if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis).
  • Your doctor will decide whether acetaminophen is safe for you to use during pregnancy.
  • Do not take this medicine without the advice of your doctor if you are pregnant.
How should I take acetaminophen?

Acetaminophen is taken as required, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medicine regularly, use the missed dose as soon as you remember.

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your following dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the skipped dose.

This medicine can cause unexpected results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. consult your doctor who treats you that you are using acetaminophen. Store the medicine at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Acetaminophen is taken as required, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medicine regularly, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your following dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the skipped dose.

What happens if I overdose?

The first symptoms of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later signs may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, pain, allergy, or flag medicine. Acetaminophen is contained in many combination medicines. Using several products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a drug contains acetaminophen or APAP.

Acetaminophen side effects

Seek medical help if you have symptoms of an allergic reaction to acetaminophen:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face or lips
  • Swelling of your tongue, or throat.

Stop using acetaminophen and ask your doctor at once if you have:

  • Nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite;
  • Excessive sweating and severe tiredness;
  • Dark urine, clay-colored stools; or
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

The most common side effects of acetaminophen may include:

  • nausea and vomiting;
  • headache or
  • insomnia
  • This is not complete side effects and others may occur. Ask your doctor for medical information about side effects.