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Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, helps reduce fever and
relieve pain. It does not reduce inflammation, as do nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, but it also
is less likely to cause stomach upset and other side effects.
Be sure to follow
these medicine precautions.
Dosage: Give acetaminophen every 4 hours
as needed. Do not give more than 5 doses in a 24-hour period. Dosages are based
on the child's weight regardless of whether oral or rectal products are used.
Caution: Do not use this dose table with any other concentration of this medicine. Use only with the concentration of 160 mg in 5 mL. Check the label on your medicine to find the concentration.
less than 11.0
less than 5.4
Ask a doctor or a pharmacist
Side effects of acetaminophen are rare.
Do not give your child acetaminophen
if he or she has liver disease.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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