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What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much Tylenol may experience:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain, especially near the liver (the upper-right part of the abdomen)
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart problems
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Loss of life.
If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Tylenol Overdose for more information.)

How Should the Medication Be Stored?

Tylenol should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat, in an airtight container. 
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children.

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

Most people take Tylenol occasionally, just when they need it. However, sometimes healthcare providers recommend that some people take it on a daily basis. If you do not take your Tylenol as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.

Available Strengths

Brand-name Tylenol is available in several different forms and strengths. Adult Tylenol comes in three different strengths:
  • 325 mg (regular strength)
  • 500 mg (extra strength)
  • 650 mg (extended-release).
Regular-strength Tylenol comes only in tablets, while extra-strength Tylenol is available in the following forms:
  • Tylenol Caplets
  • Tylenol Cool Caplets, which have a special coating that provides a cooling sensation in your mouth and throat
  • Tylenol GoTabs (chewable tablets)
  • Tylenol EZ Tabs, which are smaller, easier-to-swallow tablets
  • Tylenol Rapid Release Gels, which have special holes to release the medication quickly
  • Tylenol Rapid Blast Liquid, which contains 500 mg of Tylenol in each tablespoonful (in each 15 mL).
Extended-release (650 mg) Tylenol is available as the following products:
  • Tylenol 8 Hour caplets
  • Tylenol Arthritis Pain caplets or gel tabs.
Various forms are also available for infants and children (see Children's Tylenol and Infant Tylenol for more information). Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is also available in rectal suppositories (see Acetaminophen Suppositories).
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