General

Is TYLENOL® safe?

TYLENOL® is safe and effective when used as directed. The safety of TYLENOL® at recommended doses has been established through 50 years of use and scientific investigation. Do not exceed the recommended dosage as it may cause liver damage.

What is the active ingredient in TYLENOL®?

Acetaminophen is an active ingredient in all TYLENOL® products and in more than 600 other over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines. Do not take more than one medicine containing acetaminophen at the same time.

How does TYLENOL® work?

TYLENOL® contains the active ingredient acetaminophen, which is a pain reliever and fever reducer. It is thought to work by elevating the body's overall pain threshold so you feel less pain, and lowers your fever by helping your body eliminate excess heat.

What is acetaminophen?

Acetaminophen is an effective pain reliever and fever reducer.   Acetaminophen is thought to relieve mild to moderate pain by elevating your body’s overall pain threshold. It is also thought to lower your fever by helping your body eliminate excess heat.

Does TYLENOL® contain aspirin?

No, TYLENOL® products do not contain aspirin.

Does TYLENOL® contain caffeine?

No, TYLENOL® products do not contain caffeine.

Should I take TYLENOL® with or without food?

You can take TYLENOL® without regard to meals.

How are caplets, gelcaps, and geltabs different?

Easy-to-swallow caplets are solid capsule-shaped tablets coated with a water-soluble coating. Gelcaps are solid capsule-shaped tablets coated with smooth gelatin, making them easier to swallow. Geltabs are solid, rounded tablets coated with smooth gelatin.

How is TYLENOL® different from other brands of pain reliever?

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in TYLENOL®. TYLENOL® products do not contain aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen, the active ingredients found in other nonprescription pain relievers. Each of these medicinal ingredients relieves pain, but they work differently.

Safety + Dosing

Can I drink alcohol and take TYLENOL®?

TYLENOL® contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product.

Why can’t adults use TYLENOL® to relieve pain for more than 10 days?

The package label of all over the counter adult pain relievers advises consumers to "stop use and ask a doctor if … pain gets worse or lasts more than 10 days…" This warning is necessary so that patients will seek appropriate medical attention if needed.

Does TYLENOL® cause liver damage?

When taken as directed, TYLENOL® (acetaminophen) does not cause liver damage; however, severe liver damage may occur if you take more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in 24 hours, or take with other drugs containing acetaminophen, or take with 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day.

In case of overdose, consumers are instructed to get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. (1-877-895-3665 ). Quick medical attention is critical for adults as well as for children even if no signs or symptoms are noticed.

Can I take TYLENOL® with my other medications?

TYLENOL® should not be used with other products containing acetaminophen. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking the drug-thinning drug warfarin. Always read and follow the label. If you are under a doctor’s care for any serious condition, or are taking any other drugs, you should talk to your doctor if you want to know more or have other questions.

Can I take TYLENOL® in between my doses of other pain relievers?

Use of TYLENOL® with other pain relievers (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, ketoprofen or prescription pain relievers) is not recommended, unless directed by your doctor. Do not use TYLENOL® with any other products containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist. If you are under a doctor's care for any serious condition, or are taking any other drugs, you should talk to your doctor if you want to know more or have other questions.

Symptoms + Conditions

What types of pain and ailments can I use TYLENOL® for?

TYLENOL® (acetaminophen) is indicated for the reduction of fever and the temporary relief of minor aches and pains associated with:

  • The common cold
  • Headache
  • Toothache
  • Muscular aches
  • Backache
  • Minor pain of arthritis
  • Premenstrual and menstrual cramps
Does TYLENOL® help inflammation (swelling)?

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in TYLENOL®, has not been shown to reduce inflammation.

Will TYLENOL® help my migraine headaches?

TYLENOL® (acetaminophen) is not indicated for migraine headaches

Can I take TYLENOL® with my existing medical condition?

If you are under a doctor's care for any serious condition, or are taking any other drugs, you should talk to your doctor if you want to know more or have other questions.

Can I take TYLENOL® if I have liver disease?

Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before use if you have liver disease.

Pregnancy + Children

Can I take TYLENOL® if I am pregnant or breast feeding?

If you are pregnant or breast feeding, seek the advice of your healthcare professional before using TYLENOL® or any other medication.