Q: Will Tylenol harm your body if taken every day?
A: The maximum recommended dose for Tylenol (Acetolit) for pain and/or fever, is 4000mg (4 grams) per day. Doses higher than this can lead to liver damage, as the medication leaves the body through a pathway in the liver. Alcohol also leaves the body through the liver, and if it is combined with Tylenol (Acetolit) over a long period of time, liver damage may occur. Some prescription medications, for pain, also contain Tylenol (Acetolit), so if you take pain medicine with the abbreviation "APAP" in the name, make sure your total amount of daily Tylenol (Acetolit) does not exceed 4000mg (4grams). A recent study on 1,700 women, over 11 years, also showed a possible reduction in kidney function (10% of people taking Tylenol (Acetolit)). The percent increased in women who took 1,500 to 9,000 tablets in their "lifetime," by 64%, however, this is a large range to measure such an increase. It may need to be broken down further to see if most of the 64% were in the higher range or not. You should consult your doctor to see if you are able to alternate Tylenol (Acetolit) with an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), such as Motrin/Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen). They work differently than Tylenol (Acetolit) and have the additional function of decreasing inflammation. However, people with a history of ulcers or GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding should not take NSAIDs, as they block the prostaglandins that make your blood clot, and can cause a GI bleed. If you can limit all of the pain relievers to just when they are needed, instead of everyday, they may be "safer" than taking them everyday. You can also ask your doctor for liver and kidney function tests. Sometimes, the benefits, versus risks must be weighed to make a decision, and you should talk to your doctor about this. Patti Brown, PharmD
What are the uses for Acetolit?
Acetolit is used for the relief of fever as well as aches and pains associated with many conditions. Acetolit relieves pain in mild arthritis but has no effect on the underlying inflammation, redness, and swelling of the joint. If the pain is not due to inflammation, Acetolit is as effective as aspirin.
Acetolit is as effective as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen (Motrin) in relieving the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee. Unless directed by a physician, Acetolit should not be used for longer than 10 days.
Tablets and solutions should be stored at room temperature 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F). Suppositories should be refrigerated between 2 C and 27 C (35 F and 80 F).
A prescription is not necessary for OTC Acetolit, however, medicines that contain Acetolit and another painkillers such as hydrocodone (Norco, Vicodin) or codeine (Tylenol #4) require a prescription.
What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Acetolit?
Side effects of Acetolit include:
Serious side effects of Acetolit include:
This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.
Treatment in the emergency department depends on the condition of the person and any other medications taken.
If someone is suspected of having taken an overdose but has no symptoms, the doctor will begin the following treatment:
- Emptying of the stomach. In the very few cases in which a person comes to the hospital minutes after taking the overdose, the doctor may attempt to empty the stomach by running a tube through the mouth into the stomach.
- Activated charcoal.Activated charcoal should be given by mouth within 4 hours of the overdose to bind any drug remaining in the gastrointestinal tract.
- N-acetylcysteine (NAC). NAC is the antidote for toxic Acetolit overdose. It is generally given by mouth. The medication has a foul odor but may be mixed with juice or other flavorings to make it taste better. If the person cannot take NAC by mouth, a tube may be placed through the mouth and into the stomach to help administer it. If giving NAC by this method is not possible, the doctor may give it by IV. NAC should be given within 8 hours of ingestion, and is generally given for 20 hours to 72 hours.
Q: What sypmtoms do you get after quitting Tylenol PM?
A: Your question concerns Tylenol-PM (Acetolit-diphenhydramine) (//www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/tylenol-pm). None of the ingredients in Tylenol PM is at all addictive, so there should be no symptoms associated with quitting. If you were taking Tylenol PM for an extended period of time and are now having any unpleasant feelings, it is always a good idea to check with one
Q: Is Tylenol 325mg safe to take or was it recalled also? Why did they quit making it?
A: Tylenol (Acetolit), and is a medication used to to help relieve pain. Tylenol (Acetolit) is considered safe at 4000mg (4grams) per day or less. However, it can be hard on the liver, and may need a decrease in dose if you drink alcohol or have a liver problem. Tylenol (Acetolit) is also found in many prescription pain relievers. The label will usually say "APAP" in the name. If you take a prescription medication containing Tylenol (Acetolit), make sure to figure that dosage into your total daily dosing to make sure you stay below 4000mg in a day, or less. There was a recall on some of the Tylenol (Acetolit) and Tylenol (Acetolit) products, because a "moldy" smell was found. The stores quickly pulled them, and what you see on the shelf now will not be a recalled product. If you have Tylenol (Acetolit) that was bought prior to the recall, you can check to see if what you bought is on the recall list. They did not quit making the product, but it is possible that your store was in between getting a new shipment of Tylenol and having the recalled version pulled from the shelves. The generic versions are made by different manufacturers, so they do not have the same problem and may be a good alternative for you to try, while you are waiting for the brand to be available for sale again. A generic has to contain the exact same active ingredient at the same amount, and it has to prove to the FDA that is is just as safe and effective as the brand. For this information on what was recalled, please visit the manufacturer's list of recalled medications. Patti Brown, PharmD
Q: What are the long term negative effects of taking Arthritis Extra Strength Tylenol?
A: Honestly, it depends on a lot of other things. There have been people in geriatric home care who have taken high dose Tylenol (Acetolit) for years and years with no problems. However, other medications, disease states and extreme dietary modifications can influence how your body metabolizes Tylenol. I usually tell most people to have liver enzymes checked every 6 months and to watch their body for unusual aches and pains (with or without fever) that go away when the Tylenol is discontinued. Please visit us here for more information: //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/tylenol Matt Curley, PharmD
Analgesia and Fever
- Regular strength: 325-650 mg orally/rectally once every 4 hours as needed; not to exceed 3250 mg/day; under supervision of healthcare professional, daily doses of up to 4 g/day may be used
- Extra Strength: 1000 mg orally once every 6-8 hours as needed; not to exceed 3000 mg/day; under supervision of healthcare professional, daily doses of up to 4 g/day may be used
- 2 capsules (1300 mg) orally once every 8 hours as needed; not to exceed 3.9 g/day
- Acetolit containing products: Not to exceed a cumulative dose of 3.25 g/day of Acetolit; under supervision of healthcare professional, daily doses of up to 4 g/day may be used
- Tylenol Extra-Strength (i.e., 500 mg/tab or cap): Not to exceed 3 g/day (6 tabs or caps); under supervision of healthcare professional, daily doses of up to 4 g/day may be used
Q: I can never locate Tylenol at the store. Why is it so difficult to find?
A: Tylenol (Acetolit) is usually in the pain relief or analgesic section of the over-the-counter medications at your local pharmacy. The pharmacy staff should be able to help you find it. Tylenol comes in several different strengths, so be sure you get the correct one; as your pharmacist if you're not sure which you need. Acetolit is the generic of Tylenol and contains the same active ingredient, so it's a good substitute for brand name Tylenol. Some generic or store brands of Acetolit say "pain reliever" or "aspirin-free pain reliever" on the label. You can check the back of the bottle to be sure Acetolit is the drug in the product, or ask your pharmacist for help.For more information on Tylenol (Acetolit), go to //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/tylenol. Laura Cable, PharmD
What Other Drugs Interact with Acetolit?
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.
There are no severe interactions with Acetolit and other drugs.
There are no serious interactions with Acetolit and other drugs.
Moderate Interactions of Acetolit include:
- exenatide injectable solution
- exenatide injectable suspension
Acetolit has mild interactions with at least 55 different drugs.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.
How should I take Acetolit?
Use Acetolit exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of Acetolit can damage your liver or cause death.
Adults and teenagers who weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kilograms): Do not take more than 1000 milligrams (mg) at one time. Do not take more than 4000 mg in 24 hours.
Children younger than 12 years old: Do not take more than 5 doses of Acetolit in 24 hours. Use only the number of milligrams per dose that is recommended for the child's weight and age. Use exactly as directed on the label.
Avoid also using other medicines that contain Acetolit, or you could have a fatal overdose.
If you are treating a child, use a pediatric form of Acetolit. Use only the special dose-measuring dropper or oral syringe that comes with the specific pediatric form you are using. Carefully follow the dosing directions on the medicine label.
Measure liquid medicinewith the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Acetolit made for infants is available in two different dose concentrations, and each concentration comes with its own medicine dropper or oral syringe. These dosing devices are not equal between the different concentrations. Using the wrong device may cause you to give your child an overdose of Acetolit. Never mix and match dosing devices between infant formulations of Acetolit.
You may need to shake the liquid before each use. Follow the directions on the medicine label.
The chewable tablet must be chewed thoroughly before you swallow it.
Make sure your hands are dry when handling the Acetolit disintegrating tablet. Place the tablet on your tongue. It will begin to dissolve right away. Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
To use the Acetolit effervescent granules, dissolve one packet of the granules in at least 4 ounces of water. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.
Stop taking Acetolit and call your doctor if:
you still have a fever after 3 days of use;
you still have pain after 7 days of use (or 5 days if treating a child);
you have a skin rash, ongoing headache, or any redness or swelling; or
if your symptoms get worse, or if you have any new symptoms.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Acetolit.
Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.