Friday, March 11, 2011


Acetaminophen belongs to a class of drugs called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers).It reduces fever through its action on the heat-regulating center of the brain.
It also helps to relieves symptoms of pain, sinus congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and cough due to colds, upper respiratory infections, and allergies

Common dosages:  325, 500 and 650 mg.
 Taking more can damage your liver. Ask a doctor before taking acetaminophen if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day, and never take more than 2 grams (2000 mg) of acetaminophen per day.

Stop using acetaminophen and call your doctor if:
  • you still have a fever after 3 days of use;
  • you still have pain after 7 days of use (or 5 days if treating a child);
  • you have a skin rash, ongoing headache, or any redness or swelling; or
  • if your symptoms get worse, or if you have any new symptoms.
Urine glucose tests may produce false results while you are taking acetaminophen. Talk to your doctor if you are diabetic and you notice changes in your glucose levels during treatment.
Store acetaminophen at room temperature away from heat and moisture. The rectal suppositories can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

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