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Information on Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is a crystalline white powder whose mainpurpose is to relieve fever and painful sensations. It is a non-prescriptionmedication which can be purchased in any pharmacy store. It can be found inmore than 200 different types of medicaments and drugs. Its most common name isparacetamol. It comes from the class of aniline analgesics and it derived fromcoal tar. It can be purchased in numerous different forms such as liquidsuspensions, suppositories, capsules, tablets, and it also comes in intravenousform.

Uses of Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is very popular because of its very potentantipyretic properties. Antipyretic medicaments are used mainly for thelowering of the patient’s body temperature. Acetaminophen is also a powerfulanalgesic, which means that it is very efficient in relieving various types of painfulsensations. The aforementioned ailmentsmay be associated with various different sorts of medical conditions.Acetaminophen may also be used for relieving headaches and it is completelysafe to use in infants as well. In some cases it may even reduce to incidenceof Reye’s syndrome. It may also come in very handy for all those who sufferfrom painful sensations triggered by arthritis. It should be noted thatacetaminophen canned reduce the inflammation and the swelling of the joints,which are also common symptoms of arthritis. One may use to relieve paintriggered by osteoarthritis as well. Acetaminophen may also be combined withnon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in cases of severe pain. One must alwaysuse it in appropriate doses in order to avoid an overdose. An adult personshould not ingest more than 4000 milligrams of acetaminophen per day.

Acetaminophen Side Effects

Most side effects triggered by the use of acetaminophen areusually affiliated with accidental or intentional overdoses. Certain otherfactors may affect the occurrence of side effects as well. Those include thenutritional status of the patient, and whether the drug has been combined withother medicaments or alcohol. Acetaminophen overdose may result in liverdamage, or sometimes even liver failure, because acetaminophen gets processedby the liver. Those who suffer from AIDS or hepatitis should definitely steerclear of acetaminophen. The most common side effects triggered by the use ofacetaminophen may or may not include abdominal pain, stomach bleeding, loss ofappetite, ulcers in the digestive tract, nausea, coma, diarrhea, livertoxicity, vomiting, unusual bruising, upset stomach, unusual bleeding,excessive sweating, convulsions, jaundice, swelling, breathing difficulties andvarious allergic reactions.

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