Acetaminofen review

Acetaminofen is probably the most commonly used medicament there is and is more popularly known by the names Paracetamol and Tylenol. It is composed of the chemical compound para-acetylaminophenol, which is the source of all three names. Since it is a non-prescription medicament, people have become comfortable with using it for numerous symptoms associated with different medical conditions.

Acetaminofen is an FDA-approved analgesic and antipyretic. Its ability to relieve pain came from its power to elevate the pain threshold. It tells the brain to require a higher amount of pain to be present before the body will feel it. Acetaminofen's pyrexia-reducing properties command the center of the brain to lower the body's temperature once it reaches a specific level.

Acetaminofen is available in many forms - liquid solurinary tract infectionon, coated capsules, chewable pills, gel capsules and pills, and suppositories. All are taken by mouth or through the rectum. Acetaminofen is commonly available in 325mg, 500mg, and 650mg dosages. The recommended dosage for children depends on their age and weight, ranging from 40mg to 650mg, taken every four hours. For adults, the oral dosage recommendation is between 325mg and 650mg, taken every four to six hours. If used as a suppository, the dosage for children is between 80mg to 325mg; for adults, it is 650mg. Treatment with Acetaminofen should stop after 10 days. If your symptoms persist or you develop new symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.

Acetaminofen is generally safe to use to relieve a number of aches and pains as well as pyrexia. It has similar properties as aspirin in treating joint pains and is as effective as non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugss (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicaments) like ibuprofen in pacifying degenerative joint disease. Pregnant and breast-feeding mothers can use Acetaminofen. It is usually the medicament of choice for pregnant women because it causes no harmful effects to the fetus. A small amount of Acetaminofen is excreted in the breast milk but it showed no harmful effects that should disturb nursing mothers from feeding their newborns.

Acetaminofen rarely causes physical discomfort when used properly. Overdose and misuse can cause serious damage to the liver. Using Acetaminofen when consuming alcohol is also highly dangerous as alcohol increases the potential toxicity of Acetaminofen and may cause bleeding in the stomach.

Consult your doctor regarding possible allergic reactions you may develop towards Acetaminofen. Your medical history, as with any medicament, must also be taken into consideration. If you have had a serious medical condition previously, do not take Acetaminofen without first talking to your doctor.

Do not take two medicaments that contain Acetaminofen at the same time. Also, do not increase the recommended dosage unless directed to do so by your doctor. When use Acetaminofen as a non-prescription medicament, you must read the label carefully. Stick to the recommended dosage and take extra precaurinary tract infectionons if you are using Acetaminofen on your children, especially if they are under two years old. Always keep track of the patient-under-treatment's progresses so you know immediately if something is not right.

Acetaminofen has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of acetaminofen

• Molecular formula of acetaminofen is C8H9NO2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)acetamide
• Molecular weight is 151.163 g/mol
Acetaminofen available : 500mg tablets

Generic name: Acetaminophen

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