Tylenol Uses

How Does Tylenol Work?

Even though Tylenol has been around for quite a while, it is not fully understood exactly how it works. It is known that Tylenol works differently from any other non-prescription medication. Most other non-prescription pain relievers or fever reducers are NSAIDs. Both NSAIDs and Tylenol block the body's production of prostaglandins (naturally occurring chemicals that cause inflammation and fever). However, while NSAIDs block prostaglandin production throughout the body, Tylenol appears to do so just in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). It may also work by blocking pain signals from nerves or preventing such signals from forming.
 

Using Tylenol in Children

Tylenol is approved to treat fevers and minor aches and pains in children and infants (see Children's Tylenol and Infant Tylenol for more information). Unlike aspirin, Tylenol can be used in children with chickenpox.
 

Off-Label Uses for Tylenol

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Tylenol for something other than the uses discussed in this article. Using Tylenol to treat migraines is considered an off-label use.
 
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