Your recommended dose will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The particular acetaminophen product
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your acetaminophen dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Acetaminophen Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Possible serious side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Allergic reactions
- Liver damage
- Ulcers or bleeding in the digestive tract.
(Click Acetaminophen Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
The drug can potentially interact with several medications (see Drug Interactions With Acetaminophen).