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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Tylenol?

acetaminophen

What is the Trade Name for acetaminophen?

Tylenol

What are the Indications of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

pain, fever

What are the Actions of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins which play a role in transmission of pain signals and fever
response

What is the Therapeutic Class of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

antipyretic, non-opioid analgesic

What are the Nursing Considerations of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • do not exceed 4g of acetaminophen per day to limit risk for liver, renal, and cardiac damage
  • overdose will lead to hepatotoxicity
  • Acetadote is the antidote for overdose
  • may increase risk for bleed with warfarin therapy
  • may alter blood glucose measurements

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