Acetaminophen (fever and pains)

Acetaminophen (fever and pains)

Acetaminophen is used to treat fever and pain. Brand names include Tylenol and a wide range of generics. Aspirin should not be given to children (under 21 years of age) due to its association with Reye's Syndrome. (Reye's Syndrome is a severe encephalitis like illness linked to the use of aspirin and other salicylate medications.)  Acetaminophen dosages should not be alternated with Ibuprofen unless advised by a health care provider.

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As with all medications, please carefully read the package insert for more specific information regarding active ingredients, usage instructions, potential side effects and interactions with other medications. If you have any concerns regarding usage, please contact our Nurse Line at (303) 699-6200, option #2.
 

INFANTS UNDER 12 WEEKS:  Please call our Nurse Line for dosage information.  FOR FEVER IN INFANTS LESS THAN 12 WEEKS OF AGE, PLEASE CALL OUR NURSE LINE IMMEDIATELY.

When using dosage table below, ALWAYS CHECK THE STRENGTH -- number of mg -- to make sure it corresponds to the correct row:

NOTE: New Concentration for Infants. In accordance with FDA recommendations, acetaminophen manufacturers have changed the concentration of infant acetaminophen from 80mg/0.8ml to 160mg/5ml. Be aware that there may be both the old and new concentrations of infants' acetaminophen products available in stores and in medicine cabinets. The pediatric acetaminophen products currently on the market can continue to be used as labeled. Be sure to check the label or contact our office should you have questions. 

* CAUTION: We recommend that you use the dropper or dosage cup that comes with your medicine to avoid overdosage. Dosage recommendations on bottles may vary from the recommendation on these pages. We would like you to use our recommended dosages unless your health care provider has given you a different dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.

Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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