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22.01 Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

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Generic Name

Acetaminophen

Trade Name

Tylenol

Indication

Pain, fever

Action

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

Therapeutic Class

Antipyretic, non-opioid analgesic

Nursing 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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