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Common brands: Tylenol, Tempra, Pediatrix, and Panadol
Acetaminophen is used to treat mild to moderate pain (like headaches, sprains, general aches, and pains) and to bring down a fever.
Tell the doctor or pharmacist if your child:
Tell the doctor or dentist what other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medicine your child takes.
Make sure to follow the directions on the package or that the doctor/pharmacist gives you. Giving more than the recommended dose of acetaminophen can hurt the liver.
Acetaminophen comes in many forms. It comes as a pill, liquid, and a suppository (a form that is put in the rectum and may be used if your child can’t swallow medicine or keep it down).
You can give acetaminophen every 4 hours as needed. Don’t give more than 5 doses in 24 hours. Your child’s dose depends on his or her weight. You can find the right dose for your child on the package or ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call 911 if your child has trouble breathing or the face, tongue, or throat start to swell. Call your doctor or Health Link right away if your child:
Contact your doctor if your child isn’t getting better, seems to be getting worse, if you feel your child needs acetaminophen for more than 5 days, if your child's fever has not broken, or their pain has not improved.
If you have any questions or concerns about this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Tell your pharmacist about any other medication(s) that your child is taking. Pharmacists can recognize drug interactions that may have been overlooked when prescribing. Ensure you know the weight of your child so you can accurately dose their medicine.
If you think your child may have been given too much of this medicine, call the poison control centre (PADIS) 24/7 at 1-800-332-1414 or Health Link at 811 for advice on what to do.
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_acetaminophen_ac_child.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: February 9, 2021
Author: Poison and Drug Information Services (PADIS), Alberta Health Services
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