Why Take Acetaminophen Instead of Ibuprofen?
Some people are unable to tolerate non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, another class of medications used to relieve aches and pains and fever. These medications may cause stomach irritation in certain people. Acetaminophen may relieve fever and ease aches and pains without causing the stomach irritation that ibuprofen can.
What is Acetaminophen Used For?
Doctors often prescribe acetaminophen to address issues like headache, back pain, muscle aches, fever and menstrual cramps. Acetaminophen is generally considered safe for most people, including children. Talk to your doctor before taking acetaminophen if you have a history of liver or kidney disease or are pregnant. Never exceed the recommended dosage. For children under the age of two, consult a pediatrician.
Relief for Pain and Fever Comes in a Variety of Forms
Acetaminophen comes in a variety of forms including regular strength and extra strength for tough pain. Choose from caplets or easy-to-take quick gels. Kids can enjoy the convenience of "meltaways" that dissolve quickly in their mouth and come in yummy flavors like bubblegum and grape.
On the go? Enjoy the convenience of individually wrapped extra-strength acetaminophen caplets you can carry along should a headache or other discomfort interfere with your day. If you have problems swallowing pills, acetaminophen is also available in suppository form.
For long-term relief, look for acetaminophen in an extended-release form. This form of acetaminophen is slowly released in a controlled manner. It offers up to eight hours relief from muscle aches and pain due to arthritis, muscle aches, headache or back pain.
For effective relief of nighttime pain, your doctor may recommend a product that combines acetaminophen with a sleep aid. Also available is acetaminophen combined with aspirin and caffeine for relief of headache pain.
Is Acetaminophen Safe?
Acetaminophen in its many forms has been used for decades to relieve pain and bring down fever, but some precautions are necessary. Don't exceed the dose recommended on the bottle. Taking more than the recommended dose has been linked with liver damage. If you're on other medications, talk to your doctor before taking acetaminophen. As with all medications, keep acetaminophen safely out of the hands of children. If you're in pain or have a high fever, always consult your doctor to find out why before taking medications to relieve pain or lower fever.
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