Tylenol Drug Information

Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is a common over-the-counter (OTC) drug used to relieve pain and reduce fevers. It comes in several different forms and is usually taken every four to six hours as needed. This product is designed for adults and children over the age of 12. Other types of Tylenol are available for younger children.
While the way in which Tylenol works is not exactly clear, this medicine is believed to block certain chemical signals in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Most people have no problems when taking this medicine; however, it is important to keep track of how much you take to avoid acetaminophen poisoning.
Some people should talk to their healthcare providers before taking Tylenol. Information that can determine whether this drug is right for you include any medical conditions you have (like liver disease) and other medications you are taking (many prescription and nonprescription products also contain acetaminophen).
(For more information about this nonprescription drug, click Tylenol. This article explains in detail how this medication works, when and how to take it, general dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.)
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