What is Tylenol?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Generic name: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Tylenol® is a brand name formulation of acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol), a widely used pain reliever and fever reducer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 195 52
Headaches 48 27
Tension headache 34 10
Fever 17 4
Migraine headaches 16 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 9
None 93

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tylenol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 3
Elevated liver enzymes 2
Chest pain 1
Chest tightness 1
Diarrhea 1
Headaches 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tylenol

Dosage Patients
2 500mg as needed 15
500mg as needed 8
1,000 mg twice daily 7
2 325mg as needed 5
1,000 mg daily 4
325mg as needed 4
1,000 mg three times daily 3
1,000 mg weekly 2
325 mg daily 2
500 mg daily 2

See all 27 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Tylenol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 18
Other 15
Doctor's advice 12
Course of treatment ended 7
Side effects too severe 5
Personal research 3
See all 57 patients who've stopped taking Tylenol

Duration

Currently taking Tylenol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Tylenol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 57
Usually 27
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 89
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 53
Not specified 48

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Tylenol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol-acetaminophen (Ultracet) 1
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9 patient evaluations for Tylenol

Feb 20, 2017 (Started Dec 05, 1976)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tension headache)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: drink lots of water!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Mar 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for chronic pelvic pain syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I only use Tylenol when I need it BADLY! I depend more on my prescription medications than I do Tylenol because it can cause liver damage if taken to much to often. When I do take it, it does help with the swelling and the pain in my feet, hips, back. It doesn't take all the pain away, but it makes the pain tolerable.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 21, 2010 (Started Mar 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Headaches & General Pain & Stiffness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Works well in combination with one 325 mg Aspirin
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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