Acetaminophen side effects, indications, dosage & uses.
Acetaminophen is also available in many over-the-counter combination medications with other drugs, including Actifed, Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels, Cepacol, Contac, Coridicin, Dayquil, Dimetapp, Dristan, Excedrin, Feverall, Liquiprin, Midol, Nyquil, Panadol, Robitussin Singlet, Sinutab, Sudafed, Theraflu, Triaminic, Vanquish, Vicks, and Zicam.
This drug is used to treat mild to moderate pain (from headaches, menstrual periods, toothaches, backaches, osteoarthritis, or cold/flu aches and pains) and to reduce fever.
Dosage and Administration
Adults and children 12 years and over
- Take 2 caplets every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms last
- Do not take more than 12 caplets in 24 hours
- Do not use for more than 10 days unless directed by a doctor
Children 6-11 years
- Take 1 caplet every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms last
- Do not take more than 5 caplets in 24 hours
- Do not use for more than 5 days unless directed by a doctor
Children under 6 years
Do not use this adult product in children under 6 years of age: this will provide more than the recommended dose (overdose) and may cause liver damage.
Acetaminophen Side Effects
This drug usually has no side effects. If you have any unusual effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.