Tylenol, also known as Acetaminophen, is a widely used fever reducer and pain reliever. The drug can be called a universal pain killer, since it works reducing any type of pain, including headache, arthritis, toothache, muscle ache, colds, backache, fevers and others. Besides, the treatment can be administered in other cases, not listed in the information leaflet.
Recommendations for Use
Ask your doctor before Tylenol intake. Follow the recommended dose and never use it longer than directed. Do not increase the dose without doctor’s recommendations, since Acetaminophen overuse can cause serious liver problems and even be fatal. Tylenol is available in the form of pills, chewable tablets and liquid. Take the one directed by your healthcare provider. Stop Tylenol administration and call your physician in case:
• Fever does not disappear after 3 days of the medication use;
• You have noticed skin reactions, redness, swelling, headaches or similar symptoms;
• Pain does not improve after a week's treatment;
• Your symptoms aggravate and new complications appear.
Tylenol is taken mainly when needed, though some patients may be on a schedule. If you have missed one dose, skip it if the following one should be administered soon. Never increase or double Tylenol dose to avoid a possible dangerous impact on liver functioning and vital body processes.
Precautions and Contraindications
Before the beginning of Tylenol treatment course or single intake, consult your healthcare provider to make sure the drug will not harm your health. Do not administer the pharmaceutical if you are allergic to any of its components (especially, Acetaminophen) or in case you have a serious liver disorder. Patients, who consume more than 3 alcoholic drinks a day or suffer from cirrhosis, should not use Tylenol without doctor’s advice. The medication can have a negative impact on the health of an unborn child, so consult a doctor if you are pregnant and need Tylenol to relieve pain. Acetaminophen, an active component of the drug, may pass into the breast milk, causing an undesirable effect on the nursing child. The preparation should not be given to anyone younger than 2 years old.
As any other effective medication, Tylenol may cause some side effects and activate new symptoms, if combined with other treatments. Thus, provide the doctor with a complete list of non-prescription and prescription medications, herbal supplements, vitamins and similar remedies you are currently taking.
Tylenol is a safe drug that is used to relieve pain. However, the drug can be extremely harmful and dangerous if misused or overused. Seek emergency medical assistance once you have noticed any symptoms of allergic reaction, including problems breathing, hives, swelling of the tongue, throat, face, lips, etc. Keep in mind that in some cases Tylenol may lead to serious skin reactions that may be fatal. Stop Tylenol intake immediately if skin redness and rash spread fast and cause peeling and blistering. Besides, call your doctor if you have got the following symptoms:
• Dark urine;
• Upper stomach pain, appetite loss, itching;
• Clay-colored stools;
• Jaundice and others.
Additionally, Tylenol can cause a range of common side effects, though they are insignificant and will soon disappear. They are headache, mild nausea, vomiting, stomach ache and others.