( Tylenol, other brands )
325 mg white tablet or caplet
500 mg white tablet or caplet
500 mg yellow / red gel capsule
For temporary relief of minor
Mild temporary pain, particularly
with cartilage degeneration ( osteoarthritis ).
Two tablets ( 10 grains, 650 mg )
every four hours as needed.
Minimal. Unlike aspirin,
acetaminophen usually does not upset the stomach, does not cause ringing in
the ears, does not affect the clotting of the blood, does not interact with
other medications, and is about as safe as can be. Of course, as with any
drug, there are occasional problems, but this drug is frequently recommended
in place of aspirin for children because of its greater safety.
Acetaminophen is the only drug in this category that is not addictive.
Overdose can result in severe liver damage.
Acetaminophen is not
anti-inflammatory; thus it is not an aspirin substitute in the treatment of
arthritis. if the condition is a non-inflammatory one such as osteoarthrosis,
then it may be approximately as useful as aspirin, with fewer side effects.
It is only a mild pain reliever and therefore has fewer disadvantages than
the following agents. It is relatively inexpensive. advertised names, such
as Tylenol, may be more expensive than other acetaminophens.