Effects of Tylenol

The nonprescription drug Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is a common pain reliever that is used to treat minor aches and pains. For example, it can be used to relieve pain caused by:
Tylenol is also effective for reducing fevers and (when used "off-label") treating migraines.
This medicine is thought to work in the brain and spinal cord to block the production of certain inflammation-causing chemicals (prostaglandins). It may also work by blocking pain signals from nerves or preventing such signals from forming.
Potential side effects of Tylenol include:
  • Liver damage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Ulcers or bleeding in the digestive tract.
(Click Tylenol to learn more about the uses and effects of this drug. This article also addresses dosing guidelines, available strengths, potential overdose symptoms, and more.)
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