Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. If too much of this medicine is taken for a long time, it may cause an overdosage. Liver damage can occur if large amounts of acetaminophen are taken for a long time.

Carefully check the labels of all other medicines you are using, because they may also contain acetaminophen. It is not safe to use more than 4 grams (4,000 milligrams) of acetaminophen in one day (24 hours).

You may take this medicine with or without food.

If you are taking this medicine without the advice of your doctor, carefully read and follow the drug facts label and dosing instructions on the medicine package. This is to avoid confusion and dosing errors. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

For patients using the oral liquid with syringe (e.g. Little Fevers®):

  • Shake the bottle well before each use.
  • Measure the dose with the provided dose syringe (e.g., AccuSafe™) that comes with the package. Do not use any other syringe, dropper, spoon, or dosing device when giving this medicine to your child.
  • Remove the cap, attach the syringe to the flow restrictor, and invert the bottle.
  • Pull back the syringe until filled with the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  • Slowly give the medicine into your child's mouth (towards the inner cheek).
  • Replace the cap back tightly.

For patients using the oral liquid with dropper:

  • Shake the bottle well before each use.
  • Measure the dose with the provided dropper. Do not use any other syringe, dropper, spoon, or dosing device when giving this medicine to your child.
  • Remove the cap, insert the dropper and withdraw the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  • Slowly give the medicine into your child's mouth (towards the inner cheek).
  • Replace the cap back tightly.

For patients using acetaminophen oral granules (e.g., Snaplets-FR):

  • Just before the medicine is to be taken, open the number of packets needed for one dose.
  • Mix the granules inside of the packets with a small amount of soft food, such as applesauce, ice cream, or jam.
  • Eat the acetaminophen granules along with the food.

For patients using acetaminophen oral powders (e.g., Feverall® Sprinkle Caps [Children's or Junior Strength]):

  • These capsules are not intended to be swallowed whole. Instead, just before the medicine is to be taken, open the number of capsules needed for one dose.
  • Empty the powder from each capsule into 1 teaspoonful (5 mL) of water or other liquid.
  • Drink the medicine along with the liquid. You may drink more liquid after taking the medicine.
  • You may also mix the powder with a small amount of soft food, such as applesauce, ice cream, or jam. Eat the acetaminophen powder along with the food.

For patients using acetaminophen suppositories:

  • If the suppository is too soft to insert, chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or run cold water over it before removing the foil wrapper.
  • To insert the suppository:
    • First remove the foil wrapper and moisten the suppository with cold water.
    • Lie down on your side and use your finger to push the suppository well up into the rectum.

Use only the brand of this medicine that your doctor prescribed. Different brands may not work the same way.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For pain or fever:
    • For oral dosage forms (capsules, granules, powders, solution, suspension, or tablets) and rectal dosage forms (suppositories):
      • Adults and teenagers—325 or 500 milligrams (mg) every 3 or 4 hours, 650 mg every 4 to 6 hours, or 1000 mg every 6 hours as needed. The total dose should not be more than 4000 mg (for example, eight 500–mg tablets) a day for acetaminophen and 3000 mg (for example, six 500-mg tablets) a day for Tylenol® extra strength.
      • Children—Dose is based on the child's age, do not administer the over-the-counter products to children under the age of 2 unless directed to do so by your doctor:
        • Children 11 to 12 years of age: 320 to 480 mg every 4 hours as needed.
        • Children 9 to 11 years of age: 320 to 400 mg every 4 hours as needed.
        • Children 6 to 9 years of age: 320 mg every 4 hours as needed.
        • Children 4 to 6 years of age: 240 mg every 4 hours as needed.
        • Children 2 to 4 years of age: 160 mg every 4 hours as needed.
        • Children 1 to 2 years of age: 120 mg every 4 hours as needed.
        • Infants 4 to 12 months of age: 80 mg every 4 hours as needed.
        • Infants up to 3 months of age: 40 mg every 4 hours as needed.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep the bottle closed when you are not using it. Store it at room temperature, away from light and heat. Do not freeze.

You may store the suppositories in the refrigerator, but do not freeze them.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.