You are not alone. Tylenol is something almost everyone has in their cabinets. But like all drugs, you must be aware of what is in them and make sure you use them with caution. You do not want to take too much of a drug because that could have some health consequences on you later down the road.
What does tylenol do?
Tylenol is commonly used for reducing fevers and to treat both acute pain (such as headache, tooth pain, sprains, or muscle sprains) and chronic pain (such as back pain and osteoarthritis). Acetaminophen can be purchased over the counter meaning you do not need a Doctor’s prescription to buy it.
How often can you take acetaminophen?
When it comes to how much you should take, it is wise to either ask a pharmacist or just simply follow the instructions on the bottle. For adults, acetaminophen can be taken anywhere from 4 to 6 times a day as long as the total does not exceed 3,000mg for the whole day. If you are under the supervision of a prescriber, you may be able to get up to 4,000mg in a day. When it comes to children, acetaminophen varies on the weight of the child. So if you have a child, make sure you contact your doctor. If your child is under 2 years old, it is warned against giving them Tylenol unless prescribed.
If you are taking this medicine to lower a fever or reduce pain, then you should feel better. Tylenol usually takes about 45 minutes to kick in when you take it through the mouth. Acetaminophen usually lasts for about 4 hours when it comes to pain relief and fever reduction, so you should not have to take it more often. If your pain or fever do not go away in an hour or two, it would be smart for you to contact a doctor and check to see if you may need anything a bit stronger than Tylenol.
How long is tylenol in your system?
For most people, Tylenol will only be in your system for up to 3 hours. The entire drug will leave your system in 24 hours. Tylenol can be taken with an empty stomach, but it is important to make sure when you take Tylenol, that you have a glass of water with it. If you can though, taking Tylenol with food may lower the chances of you having an upset stomach after you take it.
When it comes to storing your Tylenol, you will want to store it in a cool dry place. Do not store acetaminophen or any medicine in a humid place such as the kitchen or bathroom. All your medication should be kept out of reach of any kids or pets. You should contact your doctor if after you take Tylenol, you develop rashes, swelling, or have any trouble breathing. If you become nauseated, as stated above, try taking your medicine with food or milk. Tylenol can be a helpful medication but it should not be abused or misused.