Acetaminophen -(Tylenol)

Dosage:  every four hours.  Please be aware that there are two liquid dosage strengths of acetaminophen and three liquid forms of acetaminophen.  The old Infant's drops have 80 mg. per 0.8 ml.  The new Infant's drops have 160 mg. per 5 ml.  The Children's syrup or elixir has 160 mg. per 1 teaspoon or 5 ml.  Make sure that you know which strength you are using.  This is crucial to finding the proper dose for your child.  Once you know the strength of the acetaminophen, you should look up the proper dose below.

When to use:  Acetaminophen should be used to reduce fever and relieve pain.  Acetaminophen has no antiinflammatory actions.  Prior to using acetaminophen for fever you should consult the fever section of this website.

Side effects:  Unlike ibuprofen and aspirin which can have rare but potentially serious side effects at normal dosages, acetaminophen taken at proper doses is very safe. Only if an overdose of the medication occurs is there a likelihood of any side effect.  Beware, large overdoses of acetaminophen can be deadly.  This medicine should be kept out of reach of your children.  If your child takes an overdose of acetaminophen call the office or poison control right away.

 

Weight

Infants Acetaminophen Drops

(80 mg per dropperful, 0.8 ml)

New Infant's Acetaminophen

Drops (160 mg per 5 ml)

Children's Acetaminophen

Elixir (160 mg per 5 ml)

6 - 11 lbs 1/2 dropperful (0.4 ml) 1.25 ml  
12 - 17 lbs
1 dropperful (0.8 ml) 2.5 ml 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml)
18 - 23 lbs 1 1/2 dropperfuls (1.2 ml) 3.75 ml 3/4 teaspoon (3.75 ml)
24 -35 lbs 2 dropperfuls (1.6 ml) 5 ml 1 teaspoon (5 ml)
36 - 47 lbs - - 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 ml)
48 - 59 lbs - - 2 teaspoons (10 ml)
60 - 71 lbs - - 2 1/2 teaspoons (12.5 ml)
72+ - - 3 teaspoons (15 ml)

Note: For Infants' Tylenol Drops, a dropper  is supplied with the medication.

Note:  Check the following video for instructions on how to use the new Infant's Tylenol Drops:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPQFZEYRkL0&list=PL90F0E7308D9F1700&index=2&feature=plcp

ACETAMINOPHEN (Tylenol), continued

Weight

Acetaminophen chewable tablets 80 mg

Acetaminophen chewable tablets 160 mg

Acetaminophen Suppositories 120 mg

12 - 17 lbs

-

-

 2/3

18 - 23 lbs

-

-

1

24 - 35 lbs

2

-

1 1/2

36 - 47 lbs

3

-

2

48 - 59 lbs

4

2

2 1/2

60 - 71 lbs

5

2 1/2

3

72+ lbs

6

3

4

Children over the age of 12 years and adults may take two (2)  325 mg. acetaminophen tablets or two (2) 325 mg. acetaminophen suppositories every 4 hours.