There aren`t any mild side effects reported that relate to Acetaminophen usage. If there are any side effects, these are rare but not mild. In most cases, Acetaminophen side effects are dangerous.

Acetaminophen Severe side effects

Severe Acetaminophen side effects require immediate termination of drug usage and urgent medical attention. Severe Acetaminophen side effects include:

  • hives
  • breathing deficiency or other allergic reactions
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • itching
  • appetite loss
  • dark urine
  • black stools
  • yellowing of your eyes or skin (jaundice)

Dark urine, nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, extreme drowsiness and jaundice are the signs of liver damage, in most of the cases.

What is Acetaminophen used for?

Acetaminophen is a medication that helps to relieve pain and to reduce fever. This medication is helpful in treating headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, cold and fever. This medication was approved by the FDA in the year of 1951. The most common dosages with which this medication is prescribed are 325 mg, 500 mg and 650 mg.

Acetaminophen Interactions and Risks

  • You had or still suffer from cirrhosis or other liver disorder or if your alcohol intake exceeds 3 beverages per day. In these situations, you may not be able to use this medication. Therefore, it is not recommended to start taking Acetaminophen without medical advice.
  • You are alcoholic or drink too much alcohol. Combining Acetaminophen with alcohol increases your risks of liver damage.
  • You have any liver disorder or a history of alcoholism. In these cases, you must talk to your doctor before starting to use Acetaminophen, in order to make sure that you can safely take this medication, without any problems.
  • You are currently treating yourself with flu, allergy, sleep or pain reliever medications. Some of these types of drugs may contain Acetaminophen. Combining these drugs with Acetaminophen may lead to a fatal overdose.
  • You ever presented allergic reactions to Acetaminophen.
  • You are using medication that may interact with Acetaminophen, such as Carbamazepine, Isoniazid, Rifampin, Cholestyramine or Warfarin.

Acetaminophen and pregnancy

Acetaminophen has a category C rating from the FDA but there is no evidence that highlights if this medication is dangerous to the fetus or not. Your healthcare provider is the only person who can tell you if this drug is safe for you to take during pregnancy or not. Using Acetaminophen during pregnancy without medical advice is forbidden.

Acetaminophen and breastfeeding

According to medical studies, Acetaminophen can pass into breast milk and is considered to be dangerous to the nursing baby. It is not recommended to use this medication during breastfeeding without medical advice.

Acetaminophen daily dosage

The recommended Acetaminophen dosage is 1000 mg daily, every 6 to 8 hours.

You are required to follow all the dosage-related advices of your doctor. You are not allowed to take higher doses than the dosage prescribed by your healthcare provider. An overdose can be fatal because it can damage your liver and cause sudden death.

Be careful with overdosing; this can be fatal.

Acetaminophen overdosing symptoms include:

  • appetite loss
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • sweating
  • confusion
  • dark urine
  • yellowing of your skin
  • weakness