About TYLENOL® 50 years of Science
The TYLENOL® Safety Difference
You can trust TYLENOL® products for all your family. Over more than 50 years, TYLENOL® has become the pain reliever most often recommended by doctors and health professionals. When used as directed - TYLENOL® is proven to have the best balance of effective pain relief and safety for all ages.
Safe Use of TYLENOL® and Other Pain Relievers
Always read and follow the instructions on the label. TYLENOL® works differently from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- such as ibuprofen -- and may be your best choice if:
you are over the age of 60
you have a history of stomach problems
you are on certain high blood pressure medicines
you have kidney disease
you have chronic, stable liver disease
Aches and pains seem to come more often as we grow older. Which pain reliever to take is an important choice because TYLENOL® will not irritate the stomach lining in the way that other pain relievers may.
If you have a health condition or are taking prescription medicines, you should check with your doctor before taking a pain reliever.
The American Geriatrics Society recommends acetaminophen, the medicine in TYLENOL®, as the drug of choice for relieving mild to moderate musculoskeletal pain in people aged over 50.
If you have a history of stomach problems, TYLENOL® may be the right pain reliever for you.
TYLENOL® is thought to work by elevating the body’s overall pain threshold so that you feel less pain. By comparison, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen do the same but also work on a chemical level to temporarily block prostaglandins which protect the stomach lining.
If you're taking high blood pressure medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking a pain reliever. Taking two or more medications together can sometimes lead to interactions between them. TYLENOL® is different from other pain relievers and won't interfere with certain high blood pressure medications.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over the counter or prescription medicines, including TYLENOL®. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can affect kidney function in people with kidney disease. TYLENOL® does not. The National Kidney Foundation in the United States recommends acetaminophen, the active ingredient in TYLENOL®, as the pain reliever of choice for occasional use in patients with underlying kidney disease.
It is safe for people with chronic, stable liver disease to take acetaminophen, the active ingredient in TYLENOL®, at recommended doses. However, it is important to be aware that when taken in overdose amounts, TYLENOL® can actually cause severe liver damage. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over the counter or prescription medicines, including TYLENOL®.
Using TYLENOL® Appropriately
When used as directed, TYLENOL® is a safe and effective pain reliever. It is gentle on the stomach and is unlikely to cause allergic reactions.
- Always read and follow the label
- Don't take TYLENOL® with other products containing acetaminophen
- Check with your doctor or pharmacist to find out whether other products you are taking contain acetaminophen
- Don't exceed the recommended dosage of TYLENOL®
- Don't take TYLENOL® if you drink 3 or more alcoholic beverages a day
- Talk to your doctor if you are taking the blood-thinning drug, Warfarin.