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Brand & Generic Names

4 Way Cold Histagesic Modified
Abenol Histosal
Acephen Hycomine Compound
Aceta Improved Sino-Tuss
Acetaminophen Uniserts Infants' Anacin-3
Aclophen Infants Genapap
Actamin Infants' Tylenol Suspension
Actamin Extra Drops
Actifed A Isopap
Actifed Plus Kolephrin
Actifed Plus Capsules Kolephrin/DM
Actimol Korigesic
Advanced Formula Dristan Liquiprin Children's
Advanced Formula Dristan Elixir
Caplets Liquiprin Infants' Drops
Alba-Temp 300 Maximum Strength Dristan
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Cold Multi-Symptom Caplets
Allerest Headache Strength Maximum Strength Tylenol
Allerest No-Drowsiness Allergy Sinus Caplets
Allerest Sinus No-Pain Meda Cap
Formula Meda Tab
Alumadrine Medi-Flu
Amaphen Medi-Flu Caplets
Aminofen Medigesic
Aminofen Max Myapap Elixir
Anacin-3 Naldegesic
Anatuss ND-Gesic
Anatuss with Codeine Neo Citran Sinus Medicine
Anolor 300 Neopap
Anoquan Nico-Vert
Anuphen Nighttime Pamprin
Apacet Norel Plus
Apacet Extra Strength NyQuil Hot Therapy
Apacet Oral Solution NyQuil Liquicaps
APAP NyQuil Nighttime Colds
Apo-Acetaminophen Medicine
Arcet Nytime Cold Medicine
Aspirin Free Anacin Maximum Liquid
Strength Caplets Omnicol
Aspirin Free Anacin Maximum Oraphen-PD
Strength Tablets Ornex No Drowsiness Caplets
Aspirin Free Bayer Select Pacaps
Maximum Strength Headache Panadol
Plus Caplets Panadol Junior Strength
Aspirin-Free Excedrin Panex
Caplets Panex 500
Aspirin Free Excedrin Paracetamol
Dual Caplets Parafon Forte
Atasol Pedric
Atasol Forte Pertussin PM
Bancap PhenAPAP No. 2
Banesin Phenapap Sinus Headache
Bayer Select Maximum & Congestion
Strength Sinus Pain Phentate T.D.
Relief Caplets Phrenilin
Benadryl Allergy/Sinus Pyrroxate
Headache Caplets Remcol-C
Benadryl Plus Remcol Cold
Benadryl Plus Nighttime Repan
Liquid Oral Solution Rhinocaps
Beta-Phed Rhinogesic
BQ Cold Robigesic
Bromo-Seltzer Robitussin Night Relief
Bucet Robitussin Night Relief
Butace Colds Formula Liquid
Campain Rounox
Chexit Saleto-CF
Children's Anacin 3 Saleto D
Children's Genapap Salphenyl
Children's Panadol Sedapap-10
Children's Ty-Tab Semcet
Children's Tylenol Sinarest
Children's Tylenol Cold Sinarest Extra Strength
Children's Tylenol Sinarest No-Drowsiness
Suspension Liquid Sine-Aid
Chlor-Trimeton Sinus Caplets Sine-Aid Maximum Strength
Co-Apap Sine-Aid Maximum Strength
Co-Tylenol Caplets
Codimal Sine-Off Maximum Strength
Coldrine Allergy
Colrex Compound Sine-Off Maximum Strength
Comtrex Allergy/Sinus Formula
Comtrex A/S Caplets Caplets
Comtrex Daytime Caplets Sine-Off Maximum Strength-
Comtrex Hot Flu Relief No Drowsiness
Comtrex Multi-Symptom Singlet
Cold Reliever Sinubid
Comtrex Multi-Symptom Sinulin
Hot Flu Relief Sinus Excedrin No Drowsiness
Comtrex Multi-Symptom Sinus Excedrin No Drowsiness
Non-Drowsy Caplets Caplets
Comtrex Nighttime Sinutab
Conacetol Sinutab II Maximum Strength
Conar-A Sinutab Extra Strength
Conex Plus Sinutab Maximum Strength
Congespirin without Drowsiness
Congespirin for Children Sinutab Maximum Strength
Cold Tablets without Drowsiness caplets
Congespirin for Children Sinutab No Drowsiness
Liquid Cold Medicine Sinutab No Drowsiness
Contac Jr. Children's Extra Strength
Cold Medicine Sinutab Regular
Contac Maximum Strength Sinutab SA
Sinus Caplets St. Joseph Aspirin Free
Contac Night Caplets St. Joseph Cold Tablets
Contac Severe Cold Formula for Children
Contac Severe Cold Sudafed Severe Cold Formula
Formula Night Strength Sudafed Sinus Maximum
Coricidin D Decongestant Strength
Coricidin D Medilets Sudafed Sinus Maximum
Coricidin Demilets Strength Caplets
Coricidin Maximum Strength Summit
Sinus Headache Super-Anahist
CoTylenol Cold Medication Suppap
Covangesic Tapanol
Dapa Tapanol Extra Strength
Dapacin Cold Tapar
Datril Extra Strength Tempra
DayCare Tempra Double Strength
DayQuil Liquicaps Tencet
Dayquill Non-Drowsy Cold/Flu Tenol
Dilotab TheraFlu/Flu & Cold
Dimetapp-A TheraFlu/Flu, Cold & Cough
Dimetapp-A Pediatric TheraFlu Nighttime Maximum
Dimetapp Plus Caplets Strength
Dolanex Thera-Hist
Dolmar Triad
Dorcol Children's Fever and Triaminicin
Pain Reducer Triaminicin w/Codeine
Drinophen Triaprin
Dristan Tricom Tablets
Dristan AF Tussagesic
Dristan AF Plus Two-Dyne
Dristan Cold Ty-Cold Cold Formula
Dristan Cold and Flu Ty Pap
Dristan Juice Mix-in Cold, Ty-Tab
Flu and Cough Ty-Tab Extra Strength
Dristan Maximum Strength Tylenol
Caplets Tylenol Allergy Sinus
Drixoral Plus Gelcaps
Drixoral Sinus Tylenol Cold and Flu
Duadacin Tylenol Cold Medication
Effervescent Tylenol Cold Tylenol Cold Medication,
Endolor Non-Drowsy
Esgic Tylenol Cold Night Time
Excedrin Caplets Tylenol Cold No Drowsiness
Exdol Formula Gelcaps
Exdol Strong Tylenol Cough
Extreme Cold Formula Caplets Tylenol Cough with
Ezol Decongestant
Febridyne Tylenol Extra Strength
Femcet Tylenol Junior Strength
Fendol Tylenol Sinus Maximum
Feverall Sprinkle Caps Strength
Fevernol Children's Tylenol Sinus Maximum
Strength Strength Caplets
Fevernol Junior Strength Tylenol Sinus Medication
Floricet Tylenol Sinus Medication
Genapap Extra Strength
Genapap Extra Strength Valadol
Genebs Valadol Liquid
Genebs Extra Strength Valorin
Genex Valorin Extra
Halenol Vicks Formula 44M Multi-
Halenol Extra Strength symptom Cough Mixture

Basic Information

  • Habit forming? No
  • Prescription needed? No
  • Available as generic? Yes
  • Drug class: Analgesic, fever-reducer


    Treatment of mild to moderate pain and fever. Acetaminophen does not relieve redness, stiffness or swelling of joints or tissue inflammation. Use aspirin or other drugs for inflammation.

Dosage & Usage Information

How to take:
Tablet or capsule--Swallow with liquid.
Effervescent granules--Dissolve granules in 4 oz. of cool water. Drink all the water.
Elixir--Swallow with liquid.
Suppositories--Remove wrapper and moisten suppository with water. Gently insert larger end into rectum. Push well into rectum with finger.
Powder--Sprinkle over liquid, then swallow.

When to take:
As needed, no more often than every 3 hours.

If you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember. Wait 3 hours for next dose.

What drug does:
May affect hypothalamus--part of brain that helps regulate body heat and receives body's pain messages.

Time lapse before drug works:
15 to 30 minutes. May last 4 hours.

Don't take with:
Other drugs with acetaminophen. Too much acetaminophen can damage liver and kidneys.
Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.


Stomach upset, irritability, sweating, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, convulsions, coma.


  • Call your doctor or poison-control center for advice if you suspect overdose, even if not sure. Symptoms may not appear until damage has occurred.
  • See EMERGENCY Information.

Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects


    In case of overdose, see Overdose section.




  • Trembling.
  • Pain in lower back or side.


  • Extreme fatigue; rash, itch, hives; sore throat and fever after taking regularly a few days; unexplained bleeding or bruising; blood in urine; painful or frequent urination; jaundice; anemia.
  • Decreased volume of urine output.

Warnings & Precautions

Don't take if:

  • You are allergic to acetaminophen.
  • Your symptoms don't improve after 2 days' use. Call your doctor.

Before you start, consult your doctor:
If you have kidney disease or liver damage.

Over age 60:
Don't exceed recommended dose. You can't eliminate drug as efficiently as younger persons.

No proven harm to unborn child. Avoid if possible.

No proven harm to nursing infant.

Infants & children:
Use only under medical supervision.

Prolonged use:

  • May affect blood system and cause anemia. Limit use to 5 days for children 12 and under, and 10 days for adults.
  • Talk to your doctor about the need for follow-up medical examinations or laboratory studies to check liver function, kidney function.

Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
Avoid if you feel drowsy. Otherwise, no restrictions.

Discontinue in 2 days if symptoms don't improve.

May interfere with the accuracy of some medical tests.

Possible Interaction with Other Drugs

------------------------ -----------------------
Anticoagulants*, May increase anticoagulant effect.
oral If combined frequently, prothrombin
time should be monitored.
Aspirin and other Prolonged use of high doses of
salicylates* both drugs may lead to kidney disease.
Isoniazid Increased risk of liver damage.
Nicotine Increased effect of acetaminophen.

Possible Interaction with Other Substances

--------------- ---------------
Alcohol: Drowsiness, long-term use may cause
toxic effect in liver.
Beverages: None expected.
Cocaine: None expected.
However, cocaine may slow body's
recovery. Avoid.
Foods: None expected.
Marijuana: Increased pain relief. However,
marijuana may slow body's recovery.
Tobacco: None expected.

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