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All about: Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets

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Generic Name: Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets (a-seet-a-MIN-oh-fen)
Brand Name: Examples include Children's Tylenol Meltaways and Junior Tylenol Meltaways

Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets is used for:

Treating minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, headaches, sore throat, immunizations, and toothaches, and for temporarily reducing fever.

Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets is an analgesic and antipyretic (lowers fever). It works by lowering a chemical in the brain that stimulates pain nerves and the heat-regulating center in the brain.

Do NOT use Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of alcohol abuse or you drink more than 3 alcohol-containing drinks every day
  • if you have liver or kidney problems or hepatitis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Isoniazid because the risk of liver problems may be increased
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of their side effects, including bleeding, may be increased by Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets:

Use Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets by mouth with or without food.
  • Let the tablet dissolve in the mouth or chew before swallowing.
  • Find the right dose on chart that comes with Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets. If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise use age.
  • Use Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets exactly as directed on the package, unless instructed differently by your doctor. If you are taking Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets without a prescription, follow any warnings and precautions on the label.
  • If you miss a dose of Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets has acetaminophen in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has acetaminophen in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets may harm your liver. Your risk may be greater if you drink alcohol while you are using Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets. Talk to your doctor before you take Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets or other fever reducers if you drink more than 3 drinks with alcohol per day.
  • Severe or persistent sore throat or sore throat accompanied by high fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting may be serious. Consult a doctor promptly. Do not use for more than 2 days or give to children younger than 3 years old unless directed by a doctor.
  • Some of these products contain phenylalanine. If you must have a diet that is low in phenylalanine, ask your pharmacist if it is in your product.
  • Diabetes patients - Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • For pain and fever in CHILDREN: Stop use and ask a doctor if fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days, pain gets worse or lasts more than 5 days, or redness or swelling is present or any new symptoms appear.
  • Different brands of Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets may have different dosing instructions for CHILDREN. Follow the dosing instructions on the package labeling. If your doctor has given you instructions, follow those. If you are unsure of the dose to give a child, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets while you are pregnant. Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark urine or pale stools; unusual fatigue; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include intestinal or stomach pain; nausea; vomiting.

Proper storage of Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets:

Store Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Acetaminophen Dispersible Tablets. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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