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Acetaminophen Dosing for Children

The recommended dosage of acetaminophen for children ages 6 to 12 is 325 mg (one regular-strength tablet) every four to six hours as needed, not to exceed five tablets in 24 hours. Extra-strength and extended-release acetaminophen should not be used in children under the age of 12. Alternatively, children's formula can be used (see Children's Tylenol Dosage).

General Information on Your Dose of Acetaminophen

Considerations for people taking acetaminophen include the following:
  • Acetaminophen comes in a variety of forms, including tablets, caplets, geltabs, chewable tablets, and liquid. It is usually taken by mouth every four to six hours as needed.
  • Two long-acting forms are available: Tylenol Arthritis Pain and Tylenol 8 Hour. These products contain one layer that dissolves quickly for rapid pain relief and a second layer that dissolves slowly. These products are taken every eight hours.
  • Acetaminophen can be taken with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • It is important to keep track of how much acetaminophen you take, as it is easy to take too much (see Tylenol Poisoning). It is important to remember that the drug is found in many medications (both prescription and nonprescription).
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with acetaminophen, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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