Generic name: Acetaminophen.

Other brand names: Aspirin Free Anacin, Bromo Seltzer, Datril, Liquiprin, Panadol.

Tylenol is an antipyretic (fever-reducing) and analgesic combination. It works to relieve pain in people who can­not take aspirin.

Quick Facts About Tylenol


Used to relieve simple headaches and muscle aches; the minor aches and pains of bursitis, arthritis, rheumatism, neuralgia (nerve inflammation), sprains, overexertion, and menstrual cramps; and the dis­comfort of fever due to colds and the flu.

Tylenol Dosage

Take medication only as needed. Follow instructions on the label.

  • Usual adult dose: Regular Strength — 1 to 2 tablets taken 3 or 4 times per day. Extra Strength Tylenol Headache Plus — 2 caplets every 6 hours, not to ex­ceed 8 caplets in any 24-hour period.
  • Usual child dose: for children 12 years and older — pre­scribed adult doses. For children 6 to 12 years — Regu­lar Strength — 1/2 to 1 tablet taken 3 or 4 times per day. Children’s Tylenol — give every 4 hours, but not more than 5 doses per day. Chewable Tablets — 4 tablets (children 6 to 8 years), 5 tablets (children 9 to 10 years), 6 tablets (children 11 to 12 years). Elixir and Suspension Liquid — 2 teaspoonfuls (children 6 to 8 years), 2.5 teaspoonfuls (children 9 to 10 years), 3 teaspoonfuls (children 11 to 12 years). Use special measuring cup provided. For children under 6 years — Regular Strength — give only on the advice of your doctor. Children’s Tylenol — give every 4 hours, but no more than 5 doses per day. Chewable Tablets — 2 tablets (children 2 to 3 years), 3 tablets (children 4 to 5 years). Elixir and Suspension Liquid — 1/2 tea­spoonful (children 4 to 11 months), 3/4 teaspoonful (children 12 to 23 months), 1 teaspoonful (children 2 to 3 years), 1.5 teaspoonfuls (children 4 to 5 years). Use special measuring cup provided. Infanfs Tylenol Drops and Suspension Drops — 0.4 milliliter (children 0 to 3 months), 0.8 milliliter (children 4 to 11 months), 1.2 milliliters (children 12 to 23 months), 1.6 milliliters (children 2 to 3 years), 2.4 milliliters (children 4 to 5 years). Do not give Tylenol Headache Plus to children under 12 years.
  • Missed dose: take only as needed.

Tylenol Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, excessive perspiration, confusion, drowsiness or ex­haustion, abdominal tenderness, low blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, yellowing of the skin and eyes, and liver and kidney failure. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

No known common side effects.

Rare Tylenol side effects: allergic reaction with symptoms such as rash, hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing.


Inform your doctor before combining Tylenol with:

cholestyramine (Questran), isoniazid (Nydrazid), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Dolobid and Motrin, oral contraceptives, phenytoin (Di­lantin), warfarin (Coumadin), zidovudine (Retrovir).

Alcohol increases the chances for liver toxicity. Avoid alcohol if Tylenol is regularly taken in large doses. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding, inform your doctor immedi­ately.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • Do not use for more than 10 days to relieve pain, or for more than 3 days to reduce fever unless specifically in­structed by your doctor.
  • Stop using and contact your doctor if you develop a sensitivity reaction or allergic reaction.
  • Use with caution if you have kidney or liver disease or viral infections of the liver.


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