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Before You Buy Tylenol

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Updated September 10, 2011

Tylenol, or acetaminophen (generic), can be a great medication to treat minor symptoms of common illnesses. Find out what you need to know about this medication before you take it.

Price of Acetaminophen

Between $0.02 and $1.00 per dose

$1.49 to $14.99 per package, depending on size and manufacturer

Active Ingredients

acetaminophen

Symptoms Relieved by Tylenol

  • Pain, including headaches and joint pain
  • Fever
  • Other minor aches and pains

Efficacy

Tylenol is considered very safe and effective if used properly. It is safe for use in children as young as two months old.

Tylenol Dosage

Regular Strength Tylenol

Adults and children over 12 years may take 2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed
Should not exceed 12 tablets in 24 hours

Children 6-11 years may take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours as needed
Should not exceed 5 tablets in 24 hours

Children's Tylenol

Check with your child's doctor for dosage information based on his or her weight or use our Guide to Pediatrics' Tylenol Dosage Calculator.

Tylenol Warnings

Great care should be taken not to exceed the recommended amount of Tylenol. Although it is considered one of the safest pain relievers/fever reducers, it can cause severe liver damage if too much is taken. Kids should not take more than 5 doses in 24 hours.

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