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.
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.
It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.
• 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.
Nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, dark urine, clay colored stool, allergic reactions, skin rash and kidney impairment.
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.
Store tablets and solution at room temperature 15°- 30°C. Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
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