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.
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 or seems to be getting worse.
If you have any questions or concerns about this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: April 3, 2018
Author: Poison and Drug Information Services (PADIS), Alberta Health Services
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