|DB00316||Acetaminophen||Acetaminophen (paracetamol), also commonly known as _Tylenol_, is the most commonly taken analgesic worldwide and is recommended as first-line therapy in pain conditions by the World Health Organization (WHO) [A176318]. It is also used for its antipyretic effects, helping to reduce fever [F4124]. This drug was initially approved by the U.S. FDA in 1951 [FDA label] and is available in a variety of forms including syrup form, regular tablets, effervescent tablets, injection, suppository, and other forms [L5756, L5774, F4124], [FDA label].
Acetaminophen is often found combined with other drugs in more than 600 over the counter (OTC) allergy medications, cold medications, sleep medications, pain relievers, and other products [L5783]. Confusion about dosing of this drug may be caused by the availability of different formulas, strengths, and dosage instructions for children of different ages [L5783]. Due to the possibility of fatal overdose and liver failure associated with the incorrect use of acetaminophen, it is important to follow current and available national and manufacturer dosing guidelines while this drug is taken or prescribed [L5786, L5789], [FDA label].|