Tylenol Pain Medicine

One of the most common medicines used for pain is Tylenol® (acetaminophen). This medication comes in many different forms, including tablets, caplets, chewable tablets, and liquid. The "original" formulation is designed to be taken every four to six hours as needed, but a long-acting version is also available, taken every eight hours.
 
It is not entirely clear how Tylenol works for pain and inflammation. The drug is believed to block the production of certain chemicals, called prostaglandins, in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). It may also prevent pain signals from forming in the first place.
 
Tylenol is one of the safest medicines around; however, it is not appropriate for everyone. People with liver disease or certain other medical conditions, for example, may need to take a different medication for pain. Also, although rare, allergic reactions are possible with Tylenol and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away.
 
(To learn more about this pain medicine, click Tylenol. This article explains in detail how this product works, when and how to take it, possible side effects to be aware of, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
 
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