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General Information on Acetaminophen

Generic Name : Acetaminophen

Pronunciation : (a set a mee' noe fen)

Latest prescription information about Acetaminophen. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y45.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Analgesics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Acetaminophen

India : 

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International : 

Tylenol,Tylophen, Anacin Asprin free, Apra, Feverall, Genapap,Panodil, Efferalgan, Doliprane, Dafalgan, Alvedon, Panadol and Valadol

Why is Acetaminophen Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a non-opiate, analgesic and antipyretic, prescribed for headache, pain (muscle ache, backache) and fever either alone or combined with other medications. 

When should Acetaminophen not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category A :

Well-designed and sufficient studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus during the first trimester of pregnancy. These drugs are considered to be safe during pregnancy.

What is the dosage of Acetaminophen?

The oral dose for adults is 325 to 650 mg every 4 to 6 hours. The maximum daily dose is 4 grams.
Child- the recommended dose is 10 to 15 mg/kg every 4 to 6 hours.

How should Acetaminophen be taken?

It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Acetaminophen?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of alcohol dependency, kidney or liver impairment, G6PD deficiency, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause liver damage; avoid long-term use of this medication.

What are the side effects of Acetaminophen?

Nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, dark urine, clay colored stool, allergic reactions, skin rash and kidney impairment.

What are the other precautions for Acetaminophen?

Avoid excess dosage.
Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets, because it can release the entire drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects.
Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.

What are the storage conditions of Acetaminophen?

Store tablets and solution at room temperature 15- 30C. Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

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