Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Nursing Considerations

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What is the Generic Name

Acetaminophen

What is the Trade Name for Acetaminophen

Tylenol

What is the Indication for Acetaminophen

Pain, fever

What is the Action of Acetaminophen

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

What is the Therapeutic Class of Acetaminophen

Antipyretic, non-opioid analgesic

What are the Nursing Considerations for Acetaminophen

• 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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