Is Tylenol safe for me?”

Supriya Rao MD

Recently in national news headlines there was a question whether Tylenol was safe during pregnancy. Some studies showed a link between Tylenol use during pregnancy and ADHD. Here's what we believe you should know...

Tylenol (Acetaminophen) is widely and effectively used in both over the counter and prescription products to relieve pain and fever. It is one of the most commonly used drugs in USA.

FDA issues a warning on limiting the dose of acetaminophen in prescription products to 325 mg due to potential allergic reaction and liver toxicity.

Here are some facts about Acetaminophen that you should know:

  1. Acetaminophen is the generic drug in Tylenol which is analgesic and antipyretic.
  2. Acetaminophen is present in more than 100 over the counter and prescription products.
  3. Maximum dose is 4 gms /day in Adults and 90mg/kg in children.
  4. Be aware of cumulative effect of acetaminophen while taking variety of products.
  5. Drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen enhances liver toxicity.
  6. Acetaminophen is safe in pregnancy if taken as prescribed by the physician and not exceeding the maximum dose.

Don’t take more than one OTC product containing acetaminophen,

Don’t take a prescription and an OTC product containing acetaminophen, and

Don’t exceed the recommended dose on any product containing acetaminophen. Drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen enhances liver toxicity.

Keep in mind, the study performed only reported the numbers of weeks Tylenol was taken. It did not take into consideration other variables such as dosage, family history, etc.

If you have any questions or concerns, as always, we encourage you to discuss with your healthcare provider.

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