Acetaminophen - Uses & Side Effects

Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter combination medication that can reduce pain and relieve fever. It 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, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds, and fevers. Acetaminophen is typically used orally, but it can be given intravenously as well.

What you need to know before taking the medicine?

Do not use this medication if you have severe liver disease or have an allergic reaction.

An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. Adults and teenagers who weigh at least 110 pounds 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 recommended for the child’s weight and age.

Go to the doctor if you have:

  • Nausea
  • Pain in your upper stomach
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Jaundice

Acetaminophen side effects

In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Stop taking acetaminophen and call 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
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • The most common side effects of acetaminophen include
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Insomnia

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.