Tylenol Regular is an over-the-counter medication indicated as a pain reliever and fever reducer. It is used to treat mild to moderate pain, such as headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, arthritis pain, toothaches, and the common cold.
Tylenol Regular contains 325mg of acetaminophen as its active ingredient. Acetaminophen works by blocking the production of certain chemicals in the brain that cause pain and inflammation. It works primarily in the nervous system, and it is thought to inhibit the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as prostaglandins which increase sensitivity to pain and fever.
Uses and Dosage
Tylenol Regular tablet comes in the form of tablet to take by mouth as per the direction of your medical doctor. Swallow the tablets whole with water and do not crush, chaw or break. Read and follow the directions on the Tylenol packaging and speak with a doctor or pharmacist if you have questions or concerns about proper dosage or usage. Be aware of any potential side effects or interactions with other medications you may be taking.
For adults, the recommended dose for Tylenol Regular Strength is 1 tablet (325 mg) every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain and fever relief, with no more than 5 tablets (1625 mg) to be taken in a 24-hour period. Do not use Tylenol Regular Strength for more than 5 days unless directed by a doctor. Always follow the recommended dosages and talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any medication to discuss potential risks and side effects. Check with your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions or take any other medications to ensure that Tylenol Regular Strength is safe for you to use.
Common Side Effects of Tylenol Regular (Acetaminophen – non-Rx):
Serious Side Effects of Tylenol Regular (Acetaminophen – non-Rx):
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
- Severe dizziness
- Trouble breathing
Form and strength
Tylenol Regular (Acetaminophen – non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Tylenol Regular: Tablet
- 325 mg
- Liver damage: Taking more than the recommended dose of Acetaminophen can potentially damage your liver, especially if you consume alcohol regularly or have existing liver problems. You should avoid taking more than the recommended dose or using it for longer than the recommended period.
- Drug interactions: Using Tylenol Regular Strength tablets with certain medications or supplements may increase the risk of side effects or reduce the effectiveness of the medication or supplement. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Tylenol Regular Strength tablets in combination with any other medication or supplement.
- Allergies: If you are allergic to acetaminophen, you should not take Tylenol Regular Strength tablets. Additionally, some inactive ingredients in the tablets may cause an allergic reaction in certain people.
- Age: Tylenol Regular Strength tablets should not be given to children under 2 years, except under the direction of a healthcare provider. In older adults, the recommended dose may be lower due to the risk of liver damage.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Though considered safe for most pregnant and breastfeeding women, it is always advisable to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
- Medical conditions: People with certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease or anemia, should use Tylenol Regular Strength with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
- Overdose: Taking more than the recommended dose of Tylenol Regular Strength can lead to overdose, which can cause serious symptoms and even be life-threatening. If you or someone you know has taken too much Tylenol, seek immediate medical attention.
- Misuse and abuse: Because Tylenol contains acetaminophen, a substance with potential for misuse and abuse, it is important to use the medication only as directed and to store it safely out of reach of children and others who may misuse it.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Tylenol Regular safe to take during pregnancy?
Tylenol Regular is safe to take during pregnancy. However, talk to your healthcare provider before taking any medication during pregnancy.
How often can I take Tylenol Regular?
The recommended dose of Tylenol Regular is 1-2 tablets (325-650mg) every 4-6 hours, as needed. You should not take more than 4g (4000mg) in a 24-hour period.
Can I take Tylenol Regular if I have liver problems?
You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking Tylenol Regular if you have liver problems, as acetaminophen can be harmful to the liver in large doses.