Tylenol Risks

Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is a pain reliever and fever medication that is available without a prescription. When taken appropriately, it is generally well tolerated. However, there are certain risks to be aware of before taking Tylenol.
For example, this medicine can damage the liver. Thus, if you already have liver problems, you should talk to your healthcare provider before taking Tylenol, as even normal doses can cause problems in regular drinkers. If you drink alcohol regularly, do not take this product without talking to your healthcare provider.
It is important to understand that the maximum Tylenol dosage (typically 4000 mg for most healthy adults) includes acetaminophen from any source. In other words, you cannot take the maximum dose of Tylenol with other products that also contain acetaminophen.
Taking too much Tylenol raises your risk of:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Liver failure
  • Heart problems
  • Seizures
  • Loss of life.
(For more information on the risks involved with taking this drug, click Tylenol Side Effects, Tylenol Warnings and Precautions, or Tylenol Poisoning.)
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