Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is an alternative to aspirin. Known for its analgesic and fever-reducing effects, acetaminophen is inexpensive and can be used to treat pain. Compared to aspirin, acetaminophen is a weaker anti-inflammatory, but is quite effective when treating back pain and other conditions.
This drug is used as an analgesic for low back pain. Studies have shown that it is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis pain as well. Because of that, it is often recommended in treating osteoarthritis pain.
The recommended dosage is 325 – 1,000 mg every four to six hours. However, it is not recommended to exceed 4,000mg in a 24-hour period
Generally, patients do not have complications from taking acetaminophen. Skin redness and inflammation have been observed. Over dosage can possibly lead to liver damage. Long-term, chronic abuse can lead to kidney damage.
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