Acetaminophen (Uh-see-tuh-min-uh-fuh n) is an active ingredient that can be found in many over the counter medications. It is used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Its intended use is for colds, flus, fevers, and muscle/joint pains. It's commonly known as the brand name Tylenol but it comes in generic form as well.. It is very safe to take when taken for its intended uses and in the recommended dose. If you suspect acetaminophen toxicity, call the poison center right away. Too much acetaminophen can really damage your liver. Some signs and symptoms to look out for include:
- Abdominal pain
Severe overdoses can result in:
- Liver and kidney damage
If you have any questions about acetaminophen or suspect acetaminophen toxicity, please call 1-800-222-1222 to get in contact with our poison specialists.