When to Give Tylenol for a Fever?

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Tylenol is one of the brand names for acetaminophen. It is an over-the-counter medication used as both a pain reliever and a fever reducer. Tylenol is most often used in the following forms: tablet, capsule and liquid. According to the Tylenol manufacturer's website, Tylenol reduces fever by helping the body release excess heat.

Indications

  • Fever is usually an sign that the body is fighting off some type of infection. A fever is defined as a body temperature that rises above your normal body temperature. The average temperature is usually around 98.6 F. Tylenol is usually not necessary unless temperature is 99 F or higher. If fever is 101 F in children or 103 F in adults, a doctor should be consulted.

Time Frame

  • Tylenol can be taken regularly to alleviate fever. However, if the fever persists for more than 3 days or if the fever intensifies, a doctor should be consulted.

Dosage

  • Take Tylenol according to package directions. Dosages vary depending on the age of the individual and the form of product being used. According to drugs.com, adults should not take more than 1000mg of Tylenol at one time and they should not take more than 4000mg of Tylenol per day. The Mayo Cinic recommends that children age 12 or younger not be given Tylenol more than 5 times per day.

Warnings

  • Do not drink alcohol while taking Tylenol. The combination of Tylenol and alcohol may result in liver damage over time.

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