Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) reduces fever and relieves pain. It does not reduce swelling, as do nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, but it also is less likely to cause stomach upset and other side effects.
Be sure to follow the nonprescription medicine precautions.
|Child's weight in pounds||Child's weight in kilograms||Dose of medicine|
Less than 24.0
Less than 11.0
Ask a doctor
160 mg–200 mg
200 mg–240 mg
240 mg–280 mg
280 mg–320 mg
320 mg–380 mg
380 mg–500 mg
500 mg–600 mg
650 mg (adult dose)
Side effects of acetaminophen are rare if it is taken in correct doses.
Reasons not to take acetaminophen
Do not take acetaminophen if you:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David Messenger, MD|
|Last Revised||August 19, 2011|
Last Revised: April 19, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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