Tylenol Drug Class
Pain and inflammation are commonly treated with the drug Tylenol® (acetaminophen), which comes in many different forms and is approved for use in adults and children age 12 and over (other Tylenol products are geared towards younger children). It is usually taken every four to six hours, as needed; a long-acting formula is taken every eight hours as needed.
Tylenol is similar to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that block the body's production of prostaglandins -- chemicals that cause pain and inflammation in the body. However, Tylenol is different in that its effects are focused on the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) rather than throughout the body.
Some of the conditions that Tylenol is best at treating include:
Drugs other than Tylenol may be better for pain and inflammation caused by muscle injuries.
(Click Tylenol Uses to learn more about this drug, including other conditions it is used to treat, off-label uses, and signs that indicate a more serious problem is present.)