Type of medication:
- overdoses of acetaminophen are very
toxic and dangerous
- daily use is highly likely to cause to
rebound headaches, and lead to chronic daily headaches
- daily use over extended periods has
been show to cause liver damage
- FDA pregnancy category B. This means
that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not take acetaminophen
without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
- passes into breast milk. It appears to
be safe for use during breast-feeding but should be avoided if possible.
Talk to your doctor before taking acetaminophen if you are
breast-feeding a baby.
Be sure to tell your doctor about all medical conditions, especially:
- Alcohol abuse
- Kidney disease (severe)
- Hepatitis or other liver diseaseThe
chance of serious side effects may be increased
- PhenylketonuriaSome brands of
acetaminophen contain aspartame, which can make your condition worse
Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications you are taking, both
prescription and over-the-counter.
Before taking this medication, be
especially sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the
- a barbiturate such as amobarbital (Amytal),
secobarbital (Seconal), pentobarbital (Nembutal), or phenobarbital
- carbamazepine (Tegretol)
- phenytoin (Dilantin)
- isoniazid (Nydrazid)
- rifampin (Rifadin)
- sulfinpyrazone (Anturane)
do not take any of the
following medicines together with acetaminophen for more than a few
days, unless under doctor's supervision: Aspirin, Diclofenac (Voltaren),
Diflunisal (Dolobid), Etodolac (Lodine), Fenoprofen (Nalfon),
Floctafenine (Idarac), Flurbiprofen (Ansaid), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin),
Indomethacin (Indocin), Ketoprofen (Orudis), Ketorolac (Toradol),
Meclofenamate (Meclomen), Nabumetone (Relafen), Naproxen (Naprosyn),
Oxaprozin (Daypro), Piroxicam (Feldene)
The drugs listed above may reduce the
effects of acetaminophen and/or increase the risk of damage to your
liver. You may require a lower dose or special monitoring during
treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol taken during
therapy with acetaminophen can be very damaging to your liver.
- Be aware of the acetaminophen content
of other over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
- Acetaminophen may cause false urine
glucose test results. Talk to your doctor if you are diabetic and you
notice changes in your glucose levels while you are taking
Check with your doctor immediately if
any of the following side effects occur:
Also, check with your doctor as soon
as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
- bloody or cloudy urine
- fever with or without chills (not
present before treatment and not caused by the condition being
- pain in lower back and/or side
(severe and/or sharp)
- pinpoint red spots on skin; skin
rash, hives, or itching
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on
lips or in mouth
- sore throat (not present before
treatment and not caused by the condition being treated)
- sudden decrease in amount of urine
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Other side effects may also occur. If
you notice anything unusual, check with your doctor.
- U.S.: Aceta, Actamin, Aminofen, Apacet, Aspirin Free Anacin, Bayer Select Maximum Strength
Headache Pain Relief Formula, Datril Extra, Panadol, Tapanol, Tempra, Tylenol, Valorin
Canada: Abenol, Actimol, Anacin-3, Apo-Acetaminophen, Atasol, Excedrin, Exdol, Panadol, Rounox, Tempra, Tylenol
- U.K.: Panadol; Medinol; Calpol;
- Australia: Panadol, Panamax,
Dymedon, Tylenol, Tempra, Paralgin
Arghhhhh! Rebound Headaches!
You have a headache. Taking medications is one of the logical things to
do. There is something to consider before you take that medication
though -- the dreaded rebound headaches. They're caused by taking
medications too often. Sometimes just taking a drug for two or three
consecutive days can cause rebound.
Teenager Dies from
On June 24, 2003, 17-year-old Kellie Lynn McWilliams was suffering with
pain from a Migraine attack and turned to Tylenol for pain relief. In
pain and probably tired and groggy, Kellie took approximately 20 of the
500 mg acetaminophen capsules. That translates to ingesting 10 grams of
acetaminophen; tha maximum recommended within 24 hours is four grams.
This led to her death. How can we take meds safely to prevent such