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Acetaminophen Information

Acetaminophen is an active ingredient in hundreds of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines. It relieves pain and fever. And, it is also combined with other active ingredients in medicines that treat allergy, cough, colds, flu, and sleeplessness.   In prescription medicines, acetaminophen is found with other active ingredients to treat moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage if more than directed is used.  The FDA has taken action to improve the safety of consumers when using acetaminophen.

Pain Medicine Use During Pregnancy

Limiting Acetaminophen's Strength in Prescription Medicines

Acetaminophen Associated with Rare Skin Reaction

Pediatric Medicines that Contain Acetaminophen

Labeling Changes for OTC Internal Analgesic, Antipyretic and Antirheumatic (IAAA)

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