Acetaminophen Drug Information
Available without a prescription, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is a medication used to treat pain and reduce fevers. This drug comes in many forms, including caplets, gel tabs, chewable tablets, and liquid. It is often used because it is less likely to cause ulcers than other over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. However, taking acetaminophen does increase the risk of liver damage, especially when high doses are used.
Because acetaminophen is not suitable for everyone, it's important to review the safety information for this drug before starting treatment. For example, even though you can buy acetaminophen without a prescription, it's important to consult your healthcare provider before taking it if you have any of the following conditions:
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- G6PD deficiency (a certain enzyme deficiency)
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
If you drink alcohol regularly, you should also talk with your healthcare provider before taking this medicine.
(For more information on this drug, click Acetaminophen. This article offers a complete overview, including details on safety and effectiveness, dosing guidelines, available strengths, and more.)