When to Take Tylenol

Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is an over-the-counter (OTC) drug that is used to relieve pain and reduce fever. The medication comes in many forms, including tablets, caplets, gel tabs, chewable tablets, and liquid. Tylenol is usually taken by mouth every four to six hours, as needed.
 
The dosage that is right for you will depend on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age
  • The particular Tylenol product you are taking
  • Other medications you may be taking.
 
Regardless of the type of Tylenol you are taking, it is important to avoid taking more than 4 grams (4000 mg) per day. This includes other sources of acetaminophen, including many prescription pain medications and nonprescription cold and cough remedies.
 
(To learn more about how and when to take Tylenol, click Tylenol Dosage. This article offers a comprehensive overview of dosing with this medication, including why it's important to keep track of how much you take.)
 
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