Acetaminophen is used to treat minor aches and pain and to reduce fever. It may also help treat pain from mild forms of arthritis.

 

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  • Acephen, Actamin Maximum Strength, Altenol, Aminofen, Anacin Aspirin Free, Apra, Arthritis Pain Relief, Cetafen, Children's Mapap, Children's Nortemp
  • Bloody or black, tarry stools
    bloody or cloudy urine
    fever with or without chills (not present before treatment and not caused by the condition being treated)
    pain in the lower back and/or side (severe and/or sharp)
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    skin rash, hives, or itching
    sore throat (not present before treatment and not caused by the condition being treated)
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    sudden decrease in the amount of urine
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    yellow eyes or skin
    Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

    Symptoms of overdose
    Diarrhea
    increased sweating
    loss of appetite
    nausea or vomiting
    stomach cramps or pain
    swelling, pain, or tenderness in the upper abdomen or stomach area
  • For pain or fever: For oral and rectal dosage forms (capsules, granules, powders, solution, suppositories, suspension, or tablets): Adults and teenagers—650 to 1000 milligrams (mg) every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Dose is based on form and strength. Carefully follow the label instructions for the maximum dose per day. Children—Dose is based on weight or age. Carefully follow the label instructions for the maximum dose per day. Children 11 to 12 years of age: 320 to 480 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Children 9 to 11 years of age: 320 to 400 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Children 6 to 9 years of age: 320 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Children 4 to 6 years of age: 240 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Children 2 to 4 years of age: 160 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Children under 2 years of age: Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.