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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Acetaminophen Quickmelt, Actamin, Adprin B, Anacin AF, Apra, Bromo Seltzer, Children's Tylenol, Children's Tylenol Meltaway, Ed-APAP, Elixsure Fever/Pain, Genebs, Infants Tylenol Concentrated Drops, Junior Strength Tylenol, Leader 8 Hour Pain Reliever, Little Fevers, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain Reliever, Mapap, Mapap Arthritis Pain, Mapap Extra Strength Rapid Burst, Mapap Infant Drops, Mapap Meltaway, Mapap Rapid Release Gelcaps, Mapap Rapid Tabs, Medi-Tabs, Q-Pap, Q-Pap Extra Strength, Silapap Childrens, Silapap Infants, St. Joseph Aspirin-Free, Tactinal, Tempra, Tempra Quicklets, Triaminic Fever & Pain, Triaminic Infant Drops, Tycolene, Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Caplet, Tylenol Caplet, Tylenol Caplet Extra Strength, Tylenol Childrens, Tylenol Cool Caplet Extra Strength, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol Extra Strength Cool Caplet, Tylenol Extra Strength EZ, Tylenol Gelcap Extra Strength, Tylenol Geltab Extra Strength, Tylenol Infant's Drops, Tylenol Junior Meltaway, Tylenol Rapid Release Gelcap, Tylenol Sore Throat Daytime, Vitapap

Generic Name: acetaminophen (oral) (Pronunciation: a SEET a MIN oh fen)

What is acetaminophen (Acetaminophen Quickmelt, Actamin, Adprin B, Anacin AF, Apra, Bromo Seltzer, Children's Tylenol, Children's Tylenol Meltaway, Ed-APAP, Elixsure Fever/Pain, Genebs, Infants Tylenol Concentrated Drops, Junior Strength Tylenol, Leader 8 Hour Pain Reliever, Little Fevers, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain Reliever, Mapap, Mapap Arthritis Pain, Mapap Extra Strength Rapid Burst, Mapap Infant Drops, Mapap Meltaway, Mapap Rapid Release Gelcaps, Mapap Rapid Tabs, Medi-Tabs, Q-Pap, Q-Pap Extra Strength, Silapap Childrens, Silapap Infants, St. Joseph Aspirin-Free, Tactinal, Tempra, Tempra Quicklets, Triaminic Fever & Pain, Triaminic Infant Drops, Tycolene, Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Caplet, Tylenol Caplet, Tylenol Caplet Extra Strength, Tylenol Childrens, Tylenol Cool Caplet Extra Strength, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol Extra Strength Cool Caplet, Tylenol Extra Strength EZ, Tylenol Gelcap Extra Strength, Tylenol Geltab Extra Strength, Tylenol Infant's Drops, Tylenol Junior Meltaway, Tylenol Rapid Release Gelcap, Tylenol Sore Throat Daytime, Vitapap)?

There are many brands and forms of acetaminophen available and not all brands are listed on this leaflet.

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer.

Acetaminophen is used to treat many conditions such as headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds, and fevers.

Acetaminophen may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • low fever with nausea, stomach pain, and loss of appetite;
  • dark urine, clay-colored stools; or
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen?

There are many brands and forms of acetaminophen available and not all brands are listed on this leaflet.

Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.

Know the amount of acetaminophen in the specific product you are taking.

Do not take this medication without a doctor's advice if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis) or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day. You may not be able to take acetaminophen.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have liver disease or a history of alcoholism.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP) is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains acetaminophen or APAP.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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