Quick and Dirty Tips About Acetaminophen

 5 tips on the uses and dangers of acetaminophen (aka Tylenol)

Sanaz Majd, MD
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Acetaminophen is the number one cause of drug-induced liver failure in the United States. Here are 5 tips on using it safely:

Tip #1 - It is safe to use for fever and pain. Make sure you read the dosage guides carefully, and consult your doctor if you are unsure.  

Tip #2 - Using it outside of the recommended dose doesn’t make it work better and can cause serious harm.

Tip #3 - Check the labels of any other prescription or over-the counter medications you are taking. Not doing this could make you accidentally take too much acetaminophen. 

Tip #4 - Don’t take acetaminophen if you have liver disease or regularly drink more than two drinks per day without first consulting your doctor.

Tip #5 - If you or a loved one has possibly taken too much, seek immediate attention. Time is of the essence. Go to the emergency room right away.

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.