Tylenol, also known by its drug name, Acetaminophen, is an over-the-counter medication used to relieve pain and fever.
Tylenol should be used with caution by people who have a history of liver problems or alcohol abuse.
Tylenol is an analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer). Tylenol is believed to work by altering the body’s perception of pain.
How do I take it?
Always check with your doctor before taking a new medication, including over-the-counter medications.
Tylenol is taken orally in capsule, chewable, liquid or dissolving forms. Take Tylenol according to directions given by your doctor or found on the medication package. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.
A 2013 study investigated the effectiveness of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in reducing pain caused by fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. The study involved 53 women. At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that Acetaminophen is somewhat effective in inhibiting pain in people with these conditions.
A 2003 study involving 313 women found that a combination of Tramadol (Ultram) and Acetaminophen was effective at treating fibromyalgia pain.
Tylenol usually produces few side effects. However, Tylenol can cause liver failure if taken at high doses.
Contact your doctor if you experience dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), or a low fever with nausea, stomach pain and loss of appetite while taking Tylenol.
Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, rash, or itching or swelling of the face, tongue and throat.