Acetaminophen is a medicine that treats mild to moderate pain, as well as fever. It is usually taken in capsule, tablet, effervescent or liquid form. You might know Acetaminophen by other names such as paracetamol. It is available in brands such as Panadol, Tylenol or Actamin. Many prescription and non-prescription medicines contain Acetaminophen as an ingredient.
Alternatives to Acetaminophen include ibuprofen and aspirin, which have different effects and side-effects. Different medications contain different doses of Acetaminophen. These are mostly available for adults and children. Consult your pediatrician before giving acetaminophen to children under the age of two.
Acetaminophen is used to relieve pain resulting from a wide variety of conditions. Common ailments treated with the drug include a toothache, backache, menstrual pain, headache, osteoarthritis, muscular aches and pains, colds and flu, sore throats, reactions to vaccinations, as well as post-operative pain. This is not an exhaustive list of uses for Acetaminophen. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to advise you on its suitability for you. There are also many products on the market that contain Acetaminophen.