What is Acetaminophen?
Acetaminophen is a medication that helps in relieving pain and reducing pain. The drug is used for various applications for treating pain, right from a pain that occurs within the body to common headaches, fevers, muscle soreness, toothaches, and backaches.
The drug belongs to a class of medications known as analgesics, which are basically pain relievers and antipyretics that reduce fever. Acetaminophen works by altering the way the body reacts to pain and also cools down the body.
American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides compounding pharmacy treatments to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide.
Why is Acetaminophen prescribed?
The drug is used to bring relief to backaches, toothaches, sore throats, colds, menstrual periods, muscle aches, headaches, to reduce fever, and also to diminish reactions to vaccinations.
Acetaminophen can also be used to address the pain caused by osteoarthritis, which is a type of arthritis that results from the breakdown of the joint lining.
How to use this drug?
Patients can take acetaminophen with aspirin and caffeine to bring about relief from a migraine related headache and pain. The drug comes in several forms, including suppositories that can be used rectally, capsules, chewable tablets, tablets taken with water, solution or suspension, extended release tablet, and tablets that disintegrate orally. These can be taken with or without food.
Patients can obtain the drug even without a prescription. However, a doctor may recommend a specific type of acetaminophen to treat certain conditions. Patients should follow the instructions on the label of the prescription carefully and consult the healthcare provider in case of confusions.
Those who are giving acetaminophen to their children should read the label of the package carefully to ensure that the correct medicine is being given to the child and it is age appropriate. Children should not be given acetaminophen products that meant for grown-ups.
The package label will have an instruction regarding the correct dosage for children. The dosage is influenced by the weight and age of the child.
The drug is available in combination with other medications that address cold and cough symptoms. A medical practitioner will know which medicine is best for treating a patient’s symptoms.
A patient should see the nonprescription cold and cough product labels properly before consuming two or more medicines simultaneously, because they may have the same ingredients. Consuming two such products together can lead to an overdose.
Instructions for Taking Acetaminophen
Patients should swallow the long-release tablets whole. They should not be dissolved, crushed, chewed or consumed in split form. The tablets that disintegrate orally should be placed in the mouth and allowed to dissolve before the patient chews or swallows them.
The suspension should be shaken well each time before the patient uses it so that the medication is mixed evenly. Patients should always take the help of a syringe or measuring cup, which comes with the medicine or provided by the manufacturer, to measure the right dose of suspension or solution.
American Integrative Pharmacy receives patients from Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide for compounding pharmacy treatments.
American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Lomita, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.