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Acetaminophen or Paracetamol - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Acetaminophen or Paracetamol

Generic Name : Acetaminophen or Paracetamol
Pronunciation : (a set a mee' noe fen)
Latest prescription information about Acetaminophen or Paracetamol. 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, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Acetaminophen or Paracetamol

India : 

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International : 

Tylenol,Tylophen, Anacin Asprin free, Apra, Feverall, Genapap,Panodil, Efferalgan, Doliprane, Dafalgan, Alvedon, Panadol and Valadol
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Why is Acetaminophen or Paracetamol Prescribed? (Indications)

Acetaminophen or paracetamol helps to reduce fever and to relieve a headache with mild to moderate pain.

It is also used with other pain medications to treat low back pain, osteoarthritis, cold, and toothache. 
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When should Acetaminophen or Paracetamol not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Acetaminophen or Paracetamol?

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 or Paracetamol 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 or Paracetamol?

• 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 or Paracetamol?

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 or Paracetamol?

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 for Acetaminophen or Paracetamol?

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



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